JDCF Safaris

Thunderbird June 15 & 16, 2019
Your Safari Guide: Phil Millhouse,
PhD Archaeologist
$50 $35/JDCF members

Bobolink June 22 or June 29, 2019
Your Safari Guide: Bobbi Asher,
International Birder
$50 $35/JDCF members



For the nature lover and adventurer, there is nowhere in the state of Illinois that has more to offer than the “driftless region” of Northwestern Illinois. It is a landscape that powerful glaciers of thousands of years ago circled around and bypassed, leaving behind stunning geological formations, a mighty river, and plant and animal habitats that are unrivaled for beauty and diversity.

Join the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s expert guides on expeditions into some of the wonders of our driftless region. Your guides will unveil remarkable “secrets” — the habitats of rare and beautiful birds and the remnants of ancient Native peoples.

JDCF is caretaker and conserver of much of this heritage in Jo Daviess County. Our 6000 acres of conserved properties feature …
*Breathtaking overlooks of the Mississippi River
*Rare, exposed rock outcroppings and other geological formations including an algific talus slope,  where an ice-age remnant remains cold, even in summer
*640 acres of Native American cultural sites, including two intact effigies, burial mounds and  village footprints
*The most significant oak ecosystem in northern Illinois; along with rare plant, bird and other wildlife species

JDCF’s properties and conservation easements allow us to ensure that a significant portion of our region’s driftless area heritage is protected, for the legacy of those who came before us and the benefit of people and wildlife today. And it is not only protected, but appreciated and enjoyed. To further heighten awareness of JDCF and our region, we are launching our exciting safari venture this summer with two safaris.

For more information or to register for Thunderbird click here: Thunderbird Safari

For more information or to register for Bobolink click here: Bobolink Safari

Upcoming Events

Moonlight Frog Walk

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Bring the whole family for an adventure along the levee in Galena, an early evening frog walk beginning on the east side of the Meeker Street footbridge adjacent to the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL. The event begins at 6:00 pm. Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to […] Read More

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Calling all Volunteers: Spring Bird Count 2019

May 4 @ 6:00 am - 4:30 pm

Do you have an interest in birds?  Can you identify most of those that visit your backyard? Would you like to have the chance to see many new and different species in a single day in the company of an experienced birder? We are seeking volunteers on Saturday, May 4th, to join a day-long Spring […] Read More

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iNaturalist Workshop with Cassi Saari

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Become a citizen scientist at our iNaturalist Workshop! iNaturalist is an online community of people recording and sharing their observations of the natural world. Whether your a total nature-nerd or just simply going for a walk, your observations of the natural world can help generate scientifically valuable biodiversity data. In this workshop, you will learn […] Read More

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Ice Cream Social

May 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for an old-fashioned ice cream social under the new pavilion at the Wapello Land & Water Reserve.  The Friends of Wapello will be on hand to give guided tours of the site.

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