‘Bison on the Horizon’: Prairie Preservation Society’s annual banquet April 27

• April 21 deadline to preregister for event

Online Staff Report

OREGON, Ill. — The Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County (PPSOC) will host its annual banquet fund-raiser, “Bison on the Horizon,” at the Lorado Taft Field Campus near Oregon, Ill., Sunday, April 27.

Arrive at 5 p.m. to browse the sales tables for native plants and bluebird nest boxes from the Northern Illinois University Student Committee for the Preservation of Wildlife and nature-related books from Books on First.

At 6 p.m., a delicious family-style dinner will be served. Entrée choices are turkey or moroccan stew. Side dishes are included with either entrée. Dinner is $25 per person.

At 7 p.m., an exciting program will begin. Bill Kleiman, project director for Nachusa Grasslands, accompanied by Cody Considine, restoration ecologist, and Bernie Buchholz, president of the Friends of Nachusa Grasslands, will present “Bison on the Horizon,” detailing the introduction of bison to more than 1,500 acres of the Nachusa Grasslands coming this fall. Nachusa is building fence and, this summer, a corral. Hear about the ecology, conservation and management of these charismatic animals.

Kleiman and Considine have been working to reintroduce bison to the site they wandered many years ago. Being grazers, bison will play a significant role in ongoing efforts of restoring the prairie and its biodiversity. After their introduction, the public will have the opportunity to see these magnificent creatures that once covered the land with massive, thundering herds. But 21st-century visitors will be safe, since the animals will be held within equally massive, secure enclosures.

Preregistration for the event is required. To register, call Lin at (815) 973-4926. The deadline is Monday, April 21.

Posted April 16, 2014

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