Tracking Wildlife At Oakdale This Saturday Jan. 12 At Oakdale Nature Preserve

Come to this tracking wildlife at Oakdale and learn about the age-old art of tracking. Peoples’ lives depended on knowing about the quarry they hunted in cultures of the past. Today, tracking gives us a chance to learn about what animals are present and what they are doing when we can’t see them.

Things covered will include footprints, gait, scat, chewings and thinking like an animal.

The program will start in the Mogle Center before we venture outside. Dress for the weather, including appropriate footwear for walking in snow.

For questions about this program call Richard Benning at 815-865-5279.

Tracking wildlife at Oakdale
Hosted by Northwest Illinois Audubon Society
Saturday at 10 AM – 11:30 AM
Oakdale Nature Preserve
4433 Cranes Grove Rd, Freeport, Illinois 61032
TRACKING PROGRAM at Oakdale Nature Preserve January 12 – 10:00-11:30 a.m.

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6 days ago

Northwest Illinois Audubon Society

What a great day finding birds. We certainly lucked out to have dry conditions until about 10:30!

Here are the 28 bird species we saw and heard today!

Turkey Vulture
House Wren
American Crow
Canada Goose
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Cardinal
Spotted Sandpiper
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Eastern Bluebird
American Goldfinch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray Catbird
Eastern Phoebe
Black-capped Chickadee
Downy Woodpecker
Indigo Bunting - many!
American Robin
Barn Swallow
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow
Yellow Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Blue Jay
Mallard
Wood Duck
Chimney Swift
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1 week ago

Northwest Illinois Audubon Society

Dr. Holly Tuten, a researcher at Prairie Research Institute, wants you to send her your ticks. Yes, you read that right. For science, of course! If you find an attached tick you are welcome to send but keep in mind the INHS Med Ent Lab is not doing disease agent testing for individuals right now and we don't have the means to return ticks if they are needed for disease agent testing later. We are doing research on tick microbiomes and relatedness of tick populations in Illinois. You can follow Holly's Facebook profile for updates on IL ticks and mosquitoes. And, thank you! The ticks you find can improve the research! Here are instructions: 1. Drop tick in plastic bag with a *handful* of *fresh* grass or leaves. *Securely seal* (like duct or packing tape on top). The fresh plant material and tape keeps the ticks in good condition. 2. Wrap bag in paper towel (padding to prevent crushing). 3. Put in regular envelope. Add single stamp. 4. Add paper with: --- your name and contact information (email/phone number) --- where (like an address or city) and when (like the date) you *found* the tick --- who the tick was on (like you, your kid, your dog or cat) and if it was loose or attached. --- where you think you actually picked it up (like, a park) --- Add any other information you want me to know - All information remains confidential 5. Send via regular mail to: Dr. Holly Tuten, INHS Medical Entomology Lab, 1902 Griffith Drive, Champaign, IL 61820. I will return a tick ID soon after receiving and properly archive tick for future research. We are not testing ticks for pathogens to return results to people. I will identify the tick species, life stage, and sex - and I will send that information to you (if you include contact info). Then I destroy tick to use for research. The ticks you find can improve our research, so thank you in advance! #illinois #tickresearch #INHS #PRI #ticksurveillance #vectors #ticks #citizenscience #tickidentification ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Northwest Illinois Audubon Society

Eastern Towhee.

Photo by Juliet Moderow
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Eastern Towhee.

Photo by Juliet Moderow

2 weeks ago

Northwest Illinois Audubon Society

Our community works better when we collaborate! This is a great example of that!
Freeport Community FoundationJanice L Kunkle, of the Environmental Study Group, stopped by on Tuesday to present two reuseable Earth Day bags to the Foundation. FCF was only too happy to help sponsor these bags in conjunction with the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society! "There is no Planet B."
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Our community works better when we collaborate! This is a great example of that! 
Freeport Community Foundation
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