Sinnissippi Audobon Society annual meeting

Lino’s, 6 p.m. socializing, 6:30 p.m. short business meeting, 7 p.m. dinner, followed by speaker and awards

Charlie Halbleib of Applied Ecological Services will speak about native plants (with emphasis on shrubs) that provide food and habitat to native birds, attracting them even to a small urban lot. Halbleib has extensive experience in ecological restoration. Three years ago, he was a crew chief for the “conservation design” erosion control measures implemented along the Rock River at Blackhawk Park and at Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve. Although his talk concerns improving bird habitat and food sources, he will be available to field questions stream and riverbank restoration.

The Youth Conservation Award will be presented to James Howell of the Roots and Wings program of CSA Learning Center/Angelic Organics for his work promoting organic gardening and farming among Rockford’s inner-city youth. As a youth leader, James has helped to establish four organic gardens in downtown Rockford. He, working with Roots and Wings, has taken local urban youth out to the farm—exposing city kids to the organic farming operation at Angelic Organics. His group is attempting to set up farmers’ markets to serve the inner city in Rockford, with the aim of bringing nutritious organic produce to people who live in areas that are miles from the nearest large grocery store.

During the socializing time, a video of Roots and Wings, and a video of the Rock River Organic Erosion Control project, will be shown.

Cost is and includes $25. multi-course meal. Contact Lisa Burrows for reservations, 964-2378 or

From the March 7-13, 2007, issue

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