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Sat 24

Species Spotlight: Calling Frog Survey

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 24

Science Saturday: Rockin’ Rodents

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 03

Species Spotlight: Bumblebees

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 17

Species Spotlight: Bats

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 24

Species Spotlight: Butterflies

March 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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February 2018

Species Spotlight: Calling Frog Survey

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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FPWC Headquarters One of the early signs of spring is the sound of chorusing frogs as they call from wetlands throughout the region. And with only a handful of frog and toad species in the area, the Calling Frog Survey is an easy way to get involved as a citizen scientist, collecting field data about these amphibians. Attend this informative session to learn to identify native frogs and toads by their distinctive calls, and find out whether the Calling Frog…

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Science Saturday: Rockin’ Rodents

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Did you know that porcupines are rodents or that rodent teeth are always growing?  Rodents are awesome and often misunderstood.  It's time to set the record straight - rodents rock!

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March 2018

Species Spotlight: Bumblebees

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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: Bats

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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. Pre-register for this session online by clicking HERE no later than Monday, March 12th  if you wish to reserve a…

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Species Spotlight: Butterflies

March 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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FPWC Headquarters Butterflies have long captured the imagination of poets, mystics, and other observers of nature. And there are sound scientific reasons to observe butterflies, as well.  Some butterflies rely on certain, very specific, host plants to support their larva (caterpillars) and, as such, can be important indicators of ecological health. If you are attracted to butterflies and would be interested in collecting field data for the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, please attend this informative session, led by Doug Taron…

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Science Saturday:  Mmm-Mmm – Maple Sugaring!

March 31 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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March means maple, and the delights of the maple sugaring season have a lot of science behind them!  Learn how/why the trees produce sap, which ones are best to tap (and why), how the sweet delights are made, and how science has modernized this ancient seasonal practice.

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April 2018

R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday-Kishwaukee Gorge Forest Preserve

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kishwaukee Gorge North, 4643 Blackhawk Road
Cherry Valley, IL,
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  R.E.A.P. (Restoration. Education. Appreciation. Preservation.) We offer hands-on habitat restoration training - invasive plant removal and native seed collection - plus enriching conservation education on the 3rd Saturday of every month between April and October from 9 a.m. until Noon. Participant names are entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize! Today we will concentrate on brush removal at Kishwaukee Gorge Forest Preserve, and afterwards we'll go on a guided Wildflower Walk! Proper off-trail outdoor workday attire recommended…

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May 2018

R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday – Blackhawk Springs

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  R.E.A.P. (Restoration. Education. Appreciation. Preservation.) We offer hands-on habitat restoration training - invasive plant removal and native seed collection - plus enriching conservation education on the 3rd Saturday of every month between April and October 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 we will remove invasive plants at Blackhawk Springs. Afterward, we'll join in at Nature Fiesta, our special event! Proper…

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June 2018

R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday – J. Norman Jensen

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
J. Norman Jensen Forest Preserve, 14400 S. Bluff
Rockton, 61072 United States
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  R.E.A.P. (Restoration. Education. Appreciation. Preservation.) We offer hands-on habitat restoration training - invasive plant removal and native seed collection - plus enriching conservation education on the 3rd Saturday of every month between April and October 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 we will collect native seeds. After our work is done, we'll go fishing! *A limited number of fishing poles…

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July 2018

R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday – Colored Sands

July 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Colored Sands, 10602 Haas Rd.
Shirland, IL 61079 United States
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  R.E.A.P. (Restoration. Education. Appreciation. Preservation.) We offer hands-on habitat restoration training - invasive plant removal and native seed collection - plus enriching conservation education on the 3rd Saturday of every month between April and October 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 we will collect native prairie seeds. Afterwards, we'll canoe the Sugar River!* Proper off-trail outdoor workday attire recommended -…

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