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Species Spotlights 2019: Free Citizen Science 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 2019 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. Experienced citizen scientists will present photos,  status, identification tips and protocols for monitoring bluebirds, bees, bats, dragonflies, frogs, grassland birds 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, March 2 9 am-10:15 Calling Frog Survey (Frogs and Toads) Mike Groves, FPWC Natural Resources Manager
Saturday, March 2  10:30am-noon Learn and Document the Natural World with iNaturalist Ann Wasser, Director of Education at Severson Dells Nature Center
Saturday, March 23 9am-10am Bat Monitoring Barbara Williams, Naturalist
Saturday, March 23 10am-11am Grassland Bird Monitoring Jennifer Kuroda, Sinnissippi Audubon
Saturday, March 23 11am-noon Bluebird Box Monitoring Neil McGlaughlin and Sue Hienke, Bluebird Monitors
Saturday, April 6 9am-10:30 Bee Monitoring Barbara Williams, Naturalist
Saturday, April 6  10:30am-noon Odonate Monitoring  (dragonflies and damselflies) Barbara Williams, Naturalist