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Fri 15

Owl Prowl

December 15 @ 7:00 pm
Thu 21

Winter Solstice Concert

December 21 @ 7:00 pm
Sat 27

Species Spotlight – All About Bluebirds

January 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 27

Science Saturday:  Snowfari

January 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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December 2017

Owl Prowl

December 15 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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We tend to think of spring as the time when birds mate, but for owls, courtship and mating take place in the winter.  Our program starts indoors with an overview of owls, and then we will head outside and see if we can call in any owls out along the trails.  Dress for the weather. (NB:  we make no guarantees that we will find owls.) RSVP by calling 815-335-2915 or filling out the online RSVP form here: http://www.seversondells.com/community-programming-1/

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Winter Solstice Concert

December 21 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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$10 - $15

Want to make the longest, darkest night of the year, one to be remember? Come out to Severson Dells to hear two amazing bands. Rockford's own Indie folk band, Taboo Blah Blah opens the night with their great original sound that got them listed as people to watch in 2016 and a couple of RAMI awards this year. Closing out the night will be the Minneapolis band, Good Morning Bedlam. They are fast becoming an innovative force in the Midwest…

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January 2018

Citizen Science Spotlight: Celebrate the Impact of Local Citizen Science

January 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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Free

Join us for a morning of sharing and refreshments as we celebrate the accomplishments of our growing citizen science program and get a preview of new opportunities for 2018. Photos, first-person stories, and data highlights will celebrate the monitoring trends and discoveries of citizen volunteers who visited the forest preserves in 2017 to track and record bluebird, butterfly, dragonfly, bee, bat, frog and plant populations. If you’re interested in local wildlife, join us! If you want to learn about how…

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Species Spotlight – All About Bluebirds

January 27, 2018 @ 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 coordinator…

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Science Saturday:  Snowfari

January 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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Free

  Snow science is the theme for today.  Come explore the science behind snowflakes, how critters survive in the subnivian layer, the benefits of brown fat, and more!

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February 2018

Species Spotlight – Dragonflies & Damselflies

February 17, 2018 @ 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 experienced…

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Science Saturday: Rockin’ Rodents

February 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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Free

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

Bumble Bees and Other Native Pollinators

March 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

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, February 26th  if you wish to reserve a printed copy of the instructional materials at the event.  Walk-ins are always welcome, though space is limited.…

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Science Saturday:  Mmm-Mmm – Maple Sugaring!

March 31, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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Free

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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