Severson Dells Notes: Oct. 10 work day and Oct. 15 butterfly, moth presentation

From press release

Severson Dells/

Pheasants Forever Work Day

Saturday, Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m.

Severson Dells is partnering with three local Pheasants Forever chapters, for a restoration work day. The work day will start at 9:30 a.m., with safety rules and how the day will be run. At 10 a.m., the group will split into two. Group A will work on restoring an area that is becoming overrun by honeysuckle, while group B will start seed collecting in one of Severson Dells’ prairies. At 11 a.m., the groups will meet up and flip flop activities for another hour of work. Noon to 1 p.m., will be a break for lunch. After a lunch break, the groups will join together to go on a hike on the Severson Dells property, along with a tour of the nature center. Some prizes will be awarded at this event, along with some other activities at lunch time. Winnebago Chapter, Kishwaukee Chapter, and McHenry County Chapter of Pheasants Forever are inviting youth younger than 18 and their families to come out and partake in this event. Gloves, glasses and tools will be provided. Call (815) 335-2915 to register and for more information.

Short history of the study of butterflies and moths in Illinois

Thursday, Oct. 15, 7-8:30 p.m.

Jim Wiker will present this program that takes a look at some of our favorite species. Butterflies and moths have been fascinating many people for a long time. Hear what studies have been done, why and by whom. View pictures, specimens and a great presentation about the history of these amazing insects.

Jim is a self-taught expert in the study of butterflies, moths and other areas of natural history, and has established himself as the leading lepidopterist in Illinois.

He has had the extremely rare honor, in the field of natural history, of having a species named after him. It is a rare moth he helped discover in the floodplain forests of deep southern Illinois.

Wiker is co-author of Field Guide to the Skipper Butterflies of Illinois. He has served for many years as a research associate for the Illinois State Museum and is an associate research scientist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. No fee, but call to reserve a seat for this great program: (815) 335-2915.

Severson Dells Nature Center is at 8786 Montague Road, Rockford. For more about Severson Dells, visit

From the October 7-13, 2009 issue

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