Open house at the Natural Land Institute

The Natural Land Institute will host an open house for volunteers at 320 S. Third St. in Rockford from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 7. The event is free and open to everyone interested in learning what they can do to protect our wetlands, woodlands and prairies in northern Illinois.

At 4:30 p.m., Lynda Johnson will present a program on prairie ecology that describes unique characteristics of native plants and how birds and other animals depend on them for survival. Her photos and information feature Pecatonica Ridge Prairie, a rare, native prairie located 2 miles east of Pecatonica purchased by the Natural Land Institute last summer. Andy Bacon will talk about stewardship of the prairie and describe how volunteers can help with the restoration of several acres next to the original prairie. He will also give an overview of projects at other preserves and the need for volunteers who will help provide stewardship.

Archaeologist Sara Pfannkuche will display maps and artifacts, and offer update about her research at the Nygren Wetland Preserve. Also on display will be photographs of this beautiful, snow-covered preserve by Patrick Luetkenhaus.

The Natural Land Institute is a not-for-profit organization established in 1958. For more information, call (815) 964-6666.

From the March 1-7, 2006, issue

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