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March 2017

Severson Naturalist Night-Stewardship Education Series

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Do you need a refresher on some of the basics? Join Greg Keilback for an engaging classroom experience on some of his favorite areas of study on the natural world. Please register HERE or call Nancy at 815-335-2915.   Tuesday Evenings of: January 24- Basics of Ecology February 7- Geology February 21- Botany March 7- Prairie Ecology March 21- Dendrology

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Species Spotlight – All About Bluebirds

March 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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  FPWC Headquarters  Join us for a close-up look at bluebirds, a symbol of happiness in many cultures around the world!  We'll learn about the various habits of these cobalt creatures of contentment, and our team of experienced FPWC Citizen Scientists will reveal their secrets to successful bluebird nestbox monitoring. This session is free and open to anyone interested in learning about bluebirds; however, those interested in volunteering as official FPWC Bluebird Monitors will need to attend this training. Contact our volunteer…

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Species Spotlight – Dragonflies & Damselflies

March 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Headquarters, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103 United States
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  FPWC Headquarters Immerse yourself in the world of Odonates - dragonflies and damselflies.  Their colors can be magnificent and iridescent; only hummingbirds come close to their agility in flight. We forget that they are among the earliest flying insects and have been around for about 300 million years, about 70 million years before the first dinosaurs. More remarkably, they have changed little – other than in size.  Early Odonates had wingspans of two and half feet! Barbara Williams, long-time Naturalist and…

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Severson Naturalist Night-Stewardship Education Series

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Do you need a refresher on some of the basics? Join Greg Keilback for an engaging classroom experience on some of his favorite areas of study on the natural world. Please register HERE or call Nancy at 815-335-2915.   Tuesday Evenings of: January 24- Basics of Ecology February 7- Geology February 21- Botany March 7- Prairie Ecology March 21- Dendrology

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Species Spotlight – Butterflies of Illinois

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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FPWC Headquarters Doug Taron, Ph.D., Director of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, and Curator of Biology & V.P. of Research/Conservation for The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, returns to the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County to delve into the world of butterflies specific to Illinois in the following sessions:   9:00 a.m.           Introduction to the Top 25 Butterfly Species in Illinois 10:45 a.m.           Beyond the Beginner’s Checklist Both sessions…

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April 2017

Species Spotlight – Bumblebees and Other Native Pollinators

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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  FPWC Headquarters Join us for a fascinating photographic overview of our native pollinators in this session led by experienced Naturalist and Illinois Bee Spotter, Barbara Williams.  We'll explore the important roles of pollinators in our lives and our landscapes, and what we can do to help their declining populations. Pre-register online by clicking HERE no later than Monday, April 3rd if you wish to reserve a printed copy of the instructional materials at the event.  Walk-ins are always welcome, though space…

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Nurture Nature at a R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday*

April 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kishwaukee Gorge North, 4643 Blackhawk Road
Cherry Valley, IL,
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  Kishwaukee Gorge Forest Preserve (4643 Blackhawk Road, Cherry Valley)   RSVP HERE! This 127.6-acre hiker's paradise was acquired in 1983 and boasts diverse woodlands, prairie openings and rugged ravines.  Today we'll concentrate on removing brush and invasive plant species in a portion of this beautiful forest preserve. After our work is complete, we'll be treated to a guided "Signs of Spring" hike. Proper off-trail outdoor workday attire recommended - long pants, long sleeves & sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots (no…

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Species Spotlight: Rare Native Plants

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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FPWC Headquarters Join us as Ed Cope, Restoration Ecologist for Natural Land Institute, gives us a fascinating overview of a dozen or so of the most imperiled native plants found in Winnebago County.  Stay tuned for subsequent field trips to follow up this informative plant identification session. Pre-register online by clicking HERE no later than Monday, April 17th if you wish to reserve a printed copy of the instructional materials at the event.  Walk-ins are always welcome, though space is limited. This session…

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May 2017

Nurture Nature at a R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday*

May 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hononegah, #80 Hononegah Road,
Rockton, IL, 61072
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  Hononegah Forest Preserve (#80 Hononegah Road, Rockton - Bird Grove Shelterhouse) This picturesque preserve along the Rock River is one of our oldest, acquired in 1924.  Today our volunteers will be off-trail removing invasive plant species. After our work is complete, we'll head over to the Towering Pines Shelterhouse for a sneak peek at this summer's exciting activities at our "Get Outside-Get Healthy" kick-off event! RSVP HERE! Proper off-trail outdoor workday attire recommended - long pants, long sleeves & sturdy,…

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June 2017

Species Spotlight: Bat Hike

June 8 @ 8:15 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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  FPWC Headquarters Come join us to enjoy the nearly full moon and search for nocturnal wildlife. We won't really put a spotlight on the bats but we will be able to see them fly over just before it gets dark. As dusk turns to night we'll lose sight of the bats but we'll still be able to hear their voices with the Echo Meter technology. The Echo Meter lowers the pitch of the bats' feeding calls and slows their…

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