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Wed 20

Spring Bird Banding

March 20 @ 12:00 am
Sat 23

Species Spotlight: Bat Monitoring

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Sat 23
Sat 23

Species Spotlight: Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring

March 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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March 2019

Spring Bird Banding

March 20 @ 12:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 12:00am, happening 6 times

Colored Sands, 10602 Haas Rd.
Shirland, IL 61079 United States
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Sand Bluff Bird Observatory Spring Bird Banding Saturdays in April & May 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sundays in April & May 8:00 a.m. – Noon Colored Sands Forest Preserve Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is one of the largest small-bird banding operations in the country that is open to the public. Sand Bluff is, and always has been, run entirely by volunteers who band birds, serve as guides for visitors, and present educational programs. Although Sand Bluff is a research…

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Species Spotlight: Bat Monitoring

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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FPWC Headquarters Bats are important—if underappreciated—members of our ecological community. Because they are nocturnal they often escape our attention. If you are curious about these night-flying mammals, join local naturalist and citizen scientist Barbara Williams for a closer examination of the several species of bats that occur in Winnebago County. And learn how you might get involved in monitoring these fascinating creatures. Guided group bat monitoring field sessions using the echometer will be offered for  volunteers and the public throughout the…

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Species Spotlight: Grassland Birds and Breeding Birds

March 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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FPWC Headquarters Despite its nickname, the “Prairie State” now has less than 0.01% of its pre-European settlement prairie. This dramatic loss of northern Illinois original landscape has had a devastating impact on the birds that depend on them. Learn about the importance of our local restored prairies and grasslands to migrating and nesting grassland bird species. Jennifer Kuroda, president of Sinnissippi Audubon, will give an overview on the status of our native grassland birds and announce a new monitoring program to collect…

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Species Spotlight: Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring

March 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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FPWC Headquarters  Catching sight of the Eastern Bluebird used to be a rare occurrence in this region, but thanks in part to the installation of nesting boxes, Bluebirds have been making a comeback. Would you like to learn more about these beautiful creatures? Would you like to be one of those folks who gets to tend the nest boxes and collect information about the birds’ nesting success?! Pre-register for this session online by clicking HERE no later than Wednesday, March 20th if you…

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April 2019

Species Spotlight: Bumblebees

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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FPWC Headquarters Bumblebees and other native pollinators are in dire straits so it is important that we collect population data that can be used to help conserve these important species. BeeSpotter is a collaboration between citizen scientists and the professional science community through a web-based portal at the University of Illinois. To learn more about this program and how you could get involved as a BeeSpotter, join local naturalist Barbara Williams for this fascinating educational program. Pre-register online by clicking HERE no…

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Species Spotlight: Odonata

April 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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FPWC Headquarters Dragonflies and damselflies represent a most ancient order of insects, the Odonata. Fierce predators and elegant fliers, the odonata are fascinating and beautiful. Attend this morning session to learn about these magnificent organisms, and perhaps prepare to start monitoring them, yourself. , Esteemed local naturalist and citizen scientist Barbara Williams will  provide an overview of the dragonflies and damselflies in our area and then tell you about the fun and challenge of identifying and tracking these amazing insects.…

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May 2019

Birdfest 2019

May 11 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sand Bluff Bird Observatory, 10602 Haas Rd.
Shirland, 61079
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$4

Birdfest 2019 will be Saturday and Sunday, May 11th and 12th. We will have live bird banding, nature hikes, kids activities, presentations from Illinois Young Birders, a food tend, gift shop, silent auction and more! Learn about wild migrating birds, bird research, conservation biology, and watch bird banding. See how birds are collected on short nature walks and learn about Colored Sands Forest Preserve. This event is rain or shine. Please dress for the weather. All proceeds go to supporting…

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Birdfest 2019

May 12 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sand Bluff Bird Observatory, 10602 Haas Rd.
Shirland, 61079
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$4

Birdfest 2019 will be Saturday and Sunday, May 11th and 12th. We will have live bird banding, nature hikes, kids activities, presentations from Illinois Young Birders, a food tend, gift shop, silent auction and more! Learn about wild migrating birds, bird research, conservation biology, and watch bird banding. See how birds are collected on short nature walks and learn about Colored Sands Forest Preserve. This event is rain or shine. Please dress for the weather. All proceeds go to supporting…

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Spring Bird Banding

May 18 @ 12:00 am
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An event every 9 weeks that begins at 12:00am on Saturday, happening 4 times

Sand Bluff Bird Observatory, 10602 Haas Rd.
Shirland, 61079
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Sand Bluff Bird Observatory Spring Bird Banding Saturdays in April & May 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sundays in April & May 8:00 a.m. – Noon Colored Sands Forest Preserve Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is one of the largest small-bird banding operations in the country that is open to the public. Sand Bluff is, and always has been, run entirely by volunteers who band birds, serve as guides for visitors, and present educational programs. Although Sand Bluff is a research…

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R.E.A.P. (Restoration. Education. Appreciation. Preservation.)

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rockford Rotary Forest Preserve, 5390 Rotary Road
Cherry Valley, IL 61016 United States
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  Rockford Rotary Forest Preserve  R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workdays offer hands-on habitat restoration training – invasive plant removal and native seed collection – plus enriching conservation education on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. until Noon. No experience necessary – we teach you! Participant names are entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize! Today R.E.A.P. Workday Volunteers will concentrate on brush removal on a portion of this 220.7-acre preserve, which was donated to the District in 1980…

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