The Natural Land Institute will host a presentation on butterflies of prairies and wetlands on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Nygren Wetland Preserve, approximately a mile west of Rockton at 3190 W. Rockton Rd. The event will be held in a campfire setting and includes an easy hike. Midsummer is a beautiful time to walk at the preserve, and this program is sure to please visitors of all ages. It is open to the public.
John Bouseman and James Sternburg, entomologists with the Illinois Natural History Survey, will present the program. They have decades of experience researching the more than 90 species of butterflies found in the state and are authors of the Field Guide to Butterflies of Illinois. Bouseman researches the ecology of bees, beetles and butterflies, and has participated in expeditions in North America, South America, the West Indies, Europe, Africa and Asia. Sternburg has photographed insects in nature in Illinois and adjacent states for the past 30 years.
Established in 1958, the Natural Land Institute is a private, member-supported, nonprofit conservation organization that helps protect land, water and wildlife in northern Illinois. The program is free to members and volunteers of the Natural Land Institute. A $5 donation per person is requested from non-members.