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March 4, 2015
Artists have been inspired by these intriguing birds for centuries. Only Owls brings together an array of 40 artistic representations in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut drawn from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection. Each artwork provides insight into the fascinating world of owls, while demonstrating the variety of approaches to the species taken by the artists. The McHenry County Conservation District will complement this unique art exhibit with owl facts and artifacts, offering a blend of natural history information and art appreciation. Winter is also a great time to study owls, as most are year-round residents that begin their mating and nesting season during this cold, dark time of year. Attend one of our owl-focused programs in the weeks leading up to this exhibit to learn more about the artists’ subject matter. Call 815-678-4532 for more information about the exhibit or call 815-479-5779 for program information.
March 4, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Fee: $3/person Are you interested in setting up a bluebird house or trail on your property? Spend an afternoon with John Harville, Berrien/Cass/ Van Buren County Coordinator of the Michigan Bluebird Society. Learn about bluebird behavior and bluebird house design, plus how to handle issues with house sparrows and other predators of bluebirds. Registration and payment are required by March 9. (Min. 10; max. 30) http://www.sjcparks.org/calendar.html
March 4, 2015
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Did you know you can ski/hike every night until 9 p.m. on solar lit trails at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area in Woodstock, (1/2 mile loop through prairie) and at Hickory Grove Highlands in Cary (a 1 mile looped trail through the wooded savanna). Sites open late during daylight savings time change. After March 8, 2015 sites close at sunset. For more information call 815.338.6223 or visit MCCDistrict.org.
March 4, 2015
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Save the date! March 4 at 7 p.m. Join Conserve Lake County for a FREE screening of the award-winning film, Symphony of the Soil from Deborah Koons Garcia, Director of The Future of Food. Symphony of the Soil explores the complexity and mystery of soil as it "digs into" soil science and other topics that support the case for treating soil with care. The film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story, sharing voices of some of the world's most esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists plus gripping film footage from four continents. The event will be held at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake. For more details visit http://libertyprairie.org/calendar/symphony-soil/
March 5, 2015
Artists have been inspired by these intriguing birds for centuries. Only Owls brings together an array of 40 artistic representations in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut drawn from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection. Each artwork provides insight into the fascinating world of owls, while demonstrating the variety of approaches to the species taken by the artists. The McHenry County Conservation District will complement this unique art exhibit with owl facts and artifacts, offering a blend of natural history information and art appreciation. Winter is also a great time to study owls, as most are year-round residents that begin their mating and nesting season during this cold, dark time of year. Attend one of our owl-focused programs in the weeks leading up to this exhibit to learn more about the artists’ subject matter. Call 815-678-4532 for more information about the exhibit or call 815-479-5779 for program information.
March 5, 2015
10:00am - 11:00am
Seniors are invited to join District naturalists each month on a pleasant stroll in our natural areas. Each month we visit a different site, learning about the natural and cultural history of the area. The strolls begin at 10 a.m. and last about an hour, with social time and refreshments following the walk. No registration required. www.kaneforest.com
March 5, 2015
1:00pm - 3:00pm
It is fun to learn to see the differences in trees without their leaves. It actually makes you really see the whole tree better, the trunk, branches and buds. We use a simple book to help us sote out the many native trees we find. Please dress for the weather. Bring $5 if you would like to purchase the Tree ID book we will be using. http://www.sugargroveparkdistrict.org/pdf/Summer2015.pdf
March 5, 2015
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Pancoe-NSUHS Life Sciences Pavilion, Abbott Auditorium, FIrst Floor 2200 Campus Drive Evanston, IL 6020 Topic: Repeated biodiversity sampling in Illinois - Speaker: Thomas J. Benson, PhD, CTAP Coordinator, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois, Chicago
March 5, 2015
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Did you know you can ski/hike every night until 9 p.m. on solar lit trails at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area in Woodstock, (1/2 mile loop through prairie) and at Hickory Grove Highlands in Cary (a 1 mile looped trail through the wooded savanna). Sites open late during daylight savings time change. After March 8, 2015 sites close at sunset. For more information call 815.338.6223 or visit MCCDistrict.org.
March 5, 2015
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Join Amateur Meteorologist and Storm Chaser Danny Neal as he discusses the ins and outs of Illinois weather, from climatology to extreme events. Danny was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and is a bit of a local celebrity on social media with over 112,000 followers on his Facebook page. Danny will share with you his passion for weather and how he was able to take his immense fear of severe weather as a child (thanks to the historic Plainfield F5 Tornado of 1990) and develop that into a love and appreciation of the beauty and awesomeness of nature. Danny will end with a brief presentation on severe weather preparedness and safety More: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3825247.pdf
March 5, 2015
6:30pm - 8:00pm
The full moon has always been a source of mystery, myth and folklore in various cultures throughout the world. Learn more about these and sort fact from fantasy as we enjoy a hike under the full moon. Along the way we will share stories and lore of the season, the night and the moon. Leave your flashlights at home, we will let the moon light our way. Fee: $0 County resident/ $2 Non-resident. Adults and families ages 5 and up. Registration deadline: March 1. Visit the McHenry County Conservation District’s website at www.MCCDistrict.org to view the programs in greater detail or sign up to receive the seasonal magazine Landscapes. Registration is accepted online, by phone (free programs only) at (815) 479-5779, by mail-in and drop-off at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake, or drop-off only at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Rd. in Ringwood.
March 6, 2015
Artists have been inspired by these intriguing birds for centuries. Only Owls brings together an array of 40 artistic representations in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut drawn from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection. Each artwork provides insight into the fascinating world of owls, while demonstrating the variety of approaches to the species taken by the artists. The McHenry County Conservation District will complement this unique art exhibit with owl facts and artifacts, offering a blend of natural history information and art appreciation. Winter is also a great time to study owls, as most are year-round residents that begin their mating and nesting season during this cold, dark time of year. Attend one of our owl-focused programs in the weeks leading up to this exhibit to learn more about the artists’ subject matter. Call 815-678-4532 for more information about the exhibit or call 815-479-5779 for program information.
   
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