- McKellen’s Mr. Holmes a satisfactory conclusion
- Rockford visitor spending jumps
- The misguided Cecil the lion debate
- State, union extend contract again
- Willow Creek left in the dust by development
- CUB helps residents find best deal
- What the Scott Walker fundraising controversy means for 2016
- Corn prices fade as supplies stay in surplus
- Cubs make history in an unfortunate way
- Pension battle headed for SCOTUS?
Winter Trails & Naturalist Tales Feb. 4
University of Illinois Extension-Winnebago County will hold its second annual Winter Trails & Naturalist Tales event from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4.
The event will be at Atwood Center, 2685 New Milford Road, Rockford.
Winter Trails & Naturalist Tales offers the public an opportunity to enjoy winter’s beauty and learn more about the natural environment.
U of I Extension Master Naturalists will guide participants through historic Atwood Park’s woodland, prairie, river and marsh habitat during the “Winter Trails” Winter Ecology Snowshoe Hike, while “Naturalist Tales” will be shared by two distinguished naturalists, Dr. Richard King of Northern Illinois University and Scott Elrick of the Illinois State Geological Survey.
Dr. King will share his experiences with the successful recovery and delisting of the previously endangered Lake Erie watersnake in his presentation titled “Conservation of Midwestern Amphibians and Reptiles: Challenges and Successes.” Elrick will reveal an unprecedented view of ancient forest life during his presentation “Snapshot in Time — Geologic Secrets of Danville’s Fossilized Forest,” as he describes the 300-million-year-old fossilized forest found in the roof of an underground coal mine near Danville, Ill.
Program fee is $30, which includes a chili lunch, two keynote speakers, one guided outdoor hike and snowshoe rental (weather permitting). To register, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or call (815) 986-4357.
From the Feb. 1-7, 2012, issue