Natural Land Institute announces schedule of Campfire Talks at the Nygren Wetland Preserve

The Natural Land Institute has announced the summer schedule of Campfire Talks at the Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 W. Rockton Rd. in Rockton. Three programs will highlight restoration of the land along the Rock and Pecatonica rivers and the protection of habitat for wildlife.

Campfire Talks are from 4 p.m. until approximately 6 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

On June 25, Elizabeth Mullen, wildlife biologist and author of The Mammals of Winnebago County, will tell about wild creatures of northern Illinois in her program titled “Living with Wildlife.” She will explore our interactions with some of the 58 species of mammals that share Illinois with people from the elusive bobcat to the more common fox squirrel. Whether you love the colors of summer wildflowers or spotting mammals along scenic streams, you’ll have a chance to enjoy the beauty of the Nygren Wetland Preserve on a short hike following the program.

Caring for the natural world is the topic of the July 16 program “Growing Green Kids.” Lee Johnson, master bander at the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory in Shirland, will tell about the people and places that inspired his respect for nature. His personal story sheds light on what it takes to motivate children to care about the natural world. There will be plenty of birds and other wildlife to see on the hike after the program.

On Aug. 6, Susan Lehnhardt, restoration ecologist with Applied Ecological Service, will present “Land Restoration for the Rest of Us.” Learn the basics of land restoration in language we can all understand from one of the experts in our region, and see how native vegetation is being restored for wildlife at the Nygren Wetland Preserve.

Established in 1958, the Natural Land Institute is a private, member-supported, nonprofit conservation organization that helps people protect land, water and wildlife in northern Illinois. For information, call 815-964-6666.

From the June 22-28, 2005, issue

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