Pecatonica River Valley programs beginning

Pecatonica River Valley programs beginning


The first in a series of four lecture-tour events on the “Good, Old Pecatonica River Valley” will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 15, at the US Bank meeting room in Pecatonica. The events are free and open to the public.

The “Ancient Trails” program will be presented by geologist Herman Bender of Fond du Lac, Wis., a pioneer in Wisconsin rock art research. He studies prominent land forms along historic and prehistoric trails and relates how these sites align with natural springs.

Bender’s program features maps and slides identifying early trails and villages in the Pecatonica River Valley. He will describe the establishment of “place” as determined by careful choices, including prominence, vistas and prairie-forest borders.

The next event will be a tour of the privately-owned Wilson Prairie Nature Preserve west of Pecatonica, led by naturalist Don Miller, on Wednesday, May 15. Meet at Farm and Fleet in Rockford at 5:30 p.m. or at the Pecatonica High School east parking lot at 5:45 p.m.

The series is sponsored by the Natural Land Institute, the Sugar-Pecatonica Rivers Ecosystem Partnership and the Pecatonica Historical Society, with partial funding provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation 2000 program, the German-American State Bank and the US Bank.

The Natural Land Institute is a member-supported, non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of natural lands in Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

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