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March Program: Clean Energy for All: Building Illinois' Clean Energy Future
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Meeting: NIAS Conservation CommitteeMeeting: NIAS Board Meeting
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Elkhorn Creek Woodcock Watch
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MeetingsMarch Program: Clean Energy for All: Building Illinois' Clean Energy Future

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL
Speaker: Caroline Wooten

In 2016, the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition helped pass the Future Energy Jobs Act- a landmark piece of legislation that has dramatically increased energy efficiency and clean energy growth throughout Illinois. Now the Clean Jobs Coalition is working to set even bolder goals for our state. Come learn about Illinois’ growing clean energy economy, the work of the Clean Jobs Coalition, and how you can get involved!

Our speaker Caroline Wooten is currently an organizer with the Illinois Sierra Club and works with coalition partners, concerned IL residents, and Sierra Club members to build grassroots power in support of policies that protect communities and the planet. She first got involved with organizing as a college student in Chicago, working to engage fellow students in a broad coalition working to retire Chicago’s two polluting and aging power plants. Since then she’s worked on a number of electoral and issue campaigns, including the Illinois Clean Jobs campaign which resulted in the passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act.

This program is free and open to the public. For information about this program contact Teresa at 815-238-3963.

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6 – 7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

EventsElkhorn Creek Woodcock Watch

Friday, March 15, 2019
7 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Join us for this evening outing to watch and listen for American Woodcocks performing their amazing courtship display . The “Sky Dance” itself is part ground-strutting and part flight zig-zagging, barely visible in the early evening sky. More fascinating perhaps are the sounds that go with it, the repetitious vocal “peent!” followed by the twittering and chirping sounds made when air rushes through primary flight feathers during the birds’ descent. On a quiet evening it is pure audio magic.

In the past we have had 2-6 woodcocks performing their twighlight display for about 2-3 weeks. When and if this begins is an educated guess so be sure to call the listed leader before you make the trip to confirm that the birds are back and that the weather is suitable.

Carpool from the Harbor Freight lot in Freeport at 6:30 p.m. or meet at the preserve at 7:00. The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Roads. The parking lot is off of West Grove Rd. Make time to experience this unique avian harbinger of spring. The joy will be all yours.

EventsElkhorn Creek Woodcock Watch

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL
Leader: Anne Straight, 815-938-3263

Join us for this evening outing to watch and listen for American Woodcocks performing their amazing courtship display . The “Sky Dance” itself is part ground-strutting and part flight zig-zagging, barely visible in the early evening sky. More fascinating perhaps are the sounds that go with it, the repetitious vocal “peent!” followed by the twittering and chirping sounds made when air rushes through primary flight feathers during the birds’ descent. On a quiet evening it is pure audio magic.

In the past we have had 2-6 woodcocks performing their twighlight display for about 2-3 weeks. When and if this begins is an educated guess so be sure to call the listed leader before you make the trip to confirm that the birds are back and that the weather is suitable.

Carpool from the Harbor Freight lot in Freeport at 6:30 p.m. or meet at the preserve at 7:00. The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Roads. The parking lot is off of West Grove Rd. Make time to experience this unique avian harbinger of spring. The joy will be all yours.

MeetingsMeeting: "Talking About the Issues"

Sunday, March 24, 2019
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
1712 W Parkview Dr, Freeport, IL
Leader: Dick Luthin, 815-232-8624

“Talking About the Issues” monthly discussion, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the home of Dick Luthin, 1712 W. Parkview Dr., Freeport (815-232-8624). The first hour topic: Every September 11, twin columns of light arise from lower Manhattan to signal America’s resolve to remember lives lost. Thanks to cooperation and partnership – and science – at the site, the Tribute in Light has also become a model of bird collision risk-monitoring and avoidance. For a copy of the article contact Mary Blackmore at 815-938-3204, or pick up a copy at the March monthly program. The second hour will be an open discussion of whatever issues are brought forth.

Everyone is welcome.

EventsElkhorn Creek Woodcock Watch

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Join us for this evening outing to watch and listen for American Woodcocks performing their amazing courtship display . The “Sky Dance” itself is part ground-strutting and part flight zig-zagging, barely visible in the early evening sky. More fascinating perhaps are the sounds that go with it, the repetitious vocal “peent!” followed by the twittering and chirping sounds made when air rushes through primary flight feathers during the birds’ descent. On a quiet evening it is pure audio magic.

In the past we have had 2-6 woodcocks performing their twighlight display for about 2-3 weeks. When and if this begins is an educated guess so be sure to call the listed leader before you make the trip to confirm that the birds are back and that the weather is suitable.

Carpool from the Harbor Freight lot in Freeport at 6:30 p.m. or meet at the preserve at 7:00. The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Roads. The parking lot is off of West Grove Rd. Make time to experience this unique avian harbinger of spring. The joy will be all yours.

Field TripsField Trip: Mississippi River Spring Waterfowl

Saturday, March 30, 2019
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Forreston Municipal Lot, Forreston, IL (Rt. 26 & 72)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Join us as we look for migrating waterfowl on the Mississippi River south of Savanna. Usually a wide variety of both diving and dabbling ducks are seen in all their breeding plumage glory, along with Grebes, Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes and some early songbirds. If we’re lucky we’ll still see migrating Tundra Swans.

Carpool from the Forreston Municipal lot at 8:00 a.m. or meet at Spring Lake at 9:00 a.m. We’ll have lunch in Thomson around noon and then head to Lock and Dam #13 for the afternoon. Call Anne to confirm your attendance.