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Sat 27

Species Spotlight: Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring

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

Science Saturday:  Snowfari

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 03

Species Spotlight: Plants

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

Species Spotlight: Odonata

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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January 2018

Species Spotlight: Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring

January 27 @ 9:00 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 Monday, January 22nd if you…

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February 2018

Species Spotlight: Plants

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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FPWC Headquarters Plant monitoring can be a pleasant way to spend time outdoors during the growing season. And there will be new opportunities to volunteer as a plant monitor in 2018. Watch Plants is a new program designed to collect data about plants worth watching, whether because they are indicators of significant environmental conditions or are perceived as new invaders in the area. Another plant-monitoring program will focus on phenology:  the timing of certain life-cycle events for selected species. Volunteer…

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Species Spotlight: Odonata

February 17 @ 9:00 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. To present the training, esteemed local naturalist and citizen scientist Barbara Williams will team up with Lalainya Goldsberry, who is now coordinating the Illinois Odonata Survey through the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. Pre-register online HERE…

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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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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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