March Meeting

Thursday, March 16, 6:30 PM

Conducting a Woodland Prescribed Burn

Russell Brunner will speak to the chapter this month about conducting woodland controlled burns. March is a great time to do controlled burns in our oak woodlands before the spring ephemerals come to life. He will speak to the how’s and why’s of doing such burns. Controlled burns are just as important in our region’s oak ecosystems as they are to our prairies. He will discuss why this is and how to safely go about conducting this vital management tool.

Russell is the Superintendent of Land Management at the Byron Forest Preserve District (BFPD) in Ogle County. He has been with the District since 2003 and has completed over 100 controlled burns. His duties there include invasive species control, prescribed fire, native plantings, and all other aspects of restoring and managing the District’s natural areas. He has a degree from Southern Illinois University in geography – environmental planning. He also serves as president of the Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County, a non-profit that owns and stewards two high quality prairie preserves.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (815) 332-3343.

April Meeting

Thursday, April 20, 6:30 PM

Trends in Backyard wildlife

Jack MacRae will talk about trends in the wild neighbors that visit and share our backyards.

July Lecture and Yard Tours

Heather Holm, July 13 presenter of Selecting Native Plants to Support Pollinators, Birds and Other Wildlife.On July 13, Heather Holm, will speak on Selecting Native Plants to Support Pollinators, Birds and Other Wildlife. Her program will be illustrated with beautiful photos of insects, birds and the native plants with which they coexist. The lecture is free to Wild Ones members and a $5 donation is requested for others.

On July 15 and 16 Wild Ones members will open their yards for free natural yard tours. See examples of how you can include native plants in your own garden, school or church to attract butterflies and birds.

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Our Meetings

We meet the third Thursday of most months in the Physical Education Center at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114. Most programs are free and open to the public. See Monthly Meetings for more information.

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