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Sun 26

Sunset Tranquility Walk

May 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed 29
Thu 30

Frogs & Friends

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri 31

Readings from the Rookery

May 31 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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April 2019

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

Family Golf at Macktown

May 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This is your chance to take your spouse and/or youngsters out for a round on us. Get together a twosome or foursome and enjoy a complimentary game of 9 or 18 holes at Winnebago County’s oldest golf course. The mature trees and established conditions make this a popular course for beginning golfers. Bring your Get Outside, Get Healthy! passport to the cashier and he will stamp it (so you get points!) and send you out on the course to enjoy…

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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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Bat Monitoring- Learn to Identify Bats!

May 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve, 6303 Mulford Road
Cherry Valley, 61016 United States
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Join citizen scientists and prospective citizen scientists in the field to observe and learn how the Echo Meter is used to detect and identify the bats of the summer night. Led by naturalist Barbara Williams we will see bats fly over just before it gets dark. As dusk turns to night we’ll lose sight of the bats but we’ll still be able to hear their voices with the Echo Meter, a device that lowers the pitch of the bats’ feeding…

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Up Close & Personal With Wild Birds

May 18 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sand Bluff Bird Observatory, 10602 Haas Rd.
Shirland, 61079
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Have you ever looked a bird in the eye? You could do this if you swing by Colored Sands Forest Preserve to visit Sand Bluff Bird Observatory. We welcome visitors who are curious about wild birds and the work we are doing to monitor them. Watch as volunteer scientists capture, identify, and band migrating birds of all colors and sizes. In addition to the one-of-a-kind wildlife experience, take a walk through the pristine habitats including the beautiful blooms of the…

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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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Family “Learn About Leaves Day” at Klehm

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Spring is here at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, and there’s no better time to start learning about leaves! Two separate hour-long Saturday morning sessions will be held for children (ages 4-12) and accompanying adults to learn all about leaves, flowers, and other spring surprises that nature brings us, with fun activities like leaf tracing and instruction on starting a beginner’s leaf collection! All attendees (and accompanying adults) will have their Get Outside, Get Health! passports stamped at the start…

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Saturday May 18 By the Light of the Silvery Moon – Full Moon Hikes

May 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Taking a stroll outdoors with nothing to light your way except moonbeams is a beautiful experience, with no two walks the same. Sometimes we listen to the owls, sometimes we share the mysteries of the dark, and sometimes we gaze at the stars and wax philosophical. If getting out into the grasslands and woods at night is on your bucket list, then come join us for a magical evening. Free. Please RSVP at http://www.seversondells.com/events/fullmoonhike-may-18-2019 or call 815-335-2915.  

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Phenology Walk

May 23 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 pm

Phenology is the timing at which things happen. Come and join us as we take a look at the phenology of our native plants. Which ones are leafing out? Which ones have buds? Which have flowers? We will record this data as part of the National Phenology Project that is collecting data from around the country to see changes in the phenology of plants. Please RSVP at http://www.seversondells.com/events/phenologywalk or http://bit.ly/phenology2019 or call. 815-335-2915

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