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Species Spotlights 2018: Free Programs

Attend these free programs to learn about Citizen Science in the forest preserves and the various organisms that volunteers will be tracking and monitoring in the 2018 season. Species Spotlight sessions are for all who are interested in the plants and animals of Winnebago County, and are prerequisite for those who are considering becoming a volunteer citizen scientist for FPWC. Regional experts will present photos, life cycles, status, and protocols for monitoring bluebirds, butterflies, bees, bats, dragonflies, frogs, and plants. Please register for each session in advance on the Events Calendar at to ensure we will have materials for you. All will be held at FPWC headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL 61103. Citizen Science Spotlights are co-sponsored/co-hosted by Severson Dells Nature Center.

Date Topic Presenters
Saturday, January 27 9 am-noon Bluebird Nest Boxes Neil McLaughlin, Elizabeth Franck, and Sue Heinke Bluebird Mentors
Saturday, February 3 9am-noon Plant Phenology and Watch Plants Greg Rajsky, FPWC/SDNC and Ed Cope, NLI
Saturday, February 17 9am-noon Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) Barbara Williams, Naturalist and Lalainya Goldberry, Illinois Odonate Survey and Notebaert Nature Museum
Saturday, February 24 9am-noon Calling Frog Survey Allison Sacerdote-Velat, Notebaert Nature Museum
Saturday, March 3 9am-noon Bumblebees Barbara Williams, Naturalist
Saturday, March 17 9am-noon Bats Barbara Williams, Naturalist
Saturday, March 24 9am-noon Butterflies Doug Taron, President, Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network