Marvels of the Prairie

Noted conservation biologist, Dr. Ron Panzer, will present Marvels of the Prairie: Conservation of Prairie Insects on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford. The Natural Land Institute is sponsoring the program.

Dr. Panzer is a naturalist and conservation biologist from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He is highly regarded for his research and achievements in prairie ecology at the Gensburg-Markham Prairie in the city of Markham, Ill., where he reintroduced selective native animals such as the rare Franklin’s ground squirrel and the rattlesnake-master borer moth. He manages five prairies in the Chicago area.

Panzer will describe one of Winnebago County’s natural treasures, the Harlem Hills Nature Preserve in Loves Park. At 55 acres, Harlem Hills is Illinois’ largest and finest remaining example of a gravel hill prairie, with a great diversity of plant and wildlife species.

The program is free and open to the public. The Natural Land Institute is a not-for-profit, land conservation organization established in 1958. Please call 815/964-6666 for reservations.

From the April 6-12, 2005, issue

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