Monthly Archives: December 2011

Tree Talk and A Spring Walk

[ May 26, 2012; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] Saturday, May 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Surround yourself in the diversity of trees native to southern Illinois and discover their intrinsic value to the Cache as we study basic tree identification skills. With over 127 species found in our area learn how to identify the most common ones, [...]

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Cache River Nature Fest – 2012

[ May 12, 2012; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] Saturday, May 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us for the 11th year of Cache River Nature Fest, an event that highlights the rich diversity of habitats and wildlife in the Cache River Watershed! Guided canoe tours, bike trips, hikes, and special presentations will be scheduled throughout the day and will feature live animal demonstrations, [...]

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Wetland Flower Garden-Go Native!

[ April 21, 2012; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] Saturday, April 21, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Explore the variety of native flowering and non-flowering plants suited for a wetland garden.  Whether highlighting space for a rain garden, or figuring out how to utilize a low, wet area of your yard, there are many colorful, interesting native plants which thrive in these conditions. For [...]

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Tunnel Hill Bike Tour

[ April 7, 2012; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. to Noon

At one time, the rumble of freight cars reverberated through a narrow passage known as Tunnel Hill.  Today, the railroad is gone, but the wooden trestles and route provide opportunities to hike and bike on the Tunnel Hill State Trail.  Join staff for an 18-mile bicycle ride and [...]

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Pollinators: Not Just Honey Bees

[ March 17, 2012; 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. ] Saturday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Bees, butterflies, moths & wasps are just a few of the insects that play a critical role in pollinating farm crops, orchards, vegetable and flower gardens.  Join us to learn about the “workers”, besides honey bees, that help grow our food and bring flowers to our landscape. For more [...]

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Prehistoric Peoples of Southern Illinois and how they Lived

[ February 25, 2012; 10:00 am to 11:30 am. ] Take a journey through time to learn about the continually changing lives of prehistoric humans in southern Illinois over the last 12,000 years; from the earliest known nomadic hunters pursuing Ice Age animals like the wooly mammoth to the use of bow and arrow. Their role in the Cache River Basin during this region’s wide cultural development will be discussed, and you will get the chance to view artifacts from this important time in the development of the human race. For more information, call the Cache River Wetlands Center at (618) 657-2064. Continue reading

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Exploring Alaska and the Inside Passage

[ February 4, 2012; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] Saturday, February 4, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Ever thought about visiting Alaska or have you been there and want to go back? Join us for a bio-travelogue, from the perspective of biologists, which starts in Vancouver, BC, and ends in Denali National Park. Biologists Michael Jeffords and Susan Post will take you through their journey to Alaska and the Inside Passage via stunning photos and firsthand accounts. For more information, call the Cache River Wetlands Center at (618) 657-2064. Continue reading

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Home, Sweet Home!

[ February 18, 2012; 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. ] Spring to an early start this season by learning how to build one type of bird nesting box, which you can install at your home! Discover the differences in nest construction for and by different bird species and how to identify species by the nest you see. Share in the excitement of birds taking up residence in your backyard! For more information, call the Cache River Wetlands Center at (618) 657-2064. Continue reading

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Frog & Toad Call Survey

[ January 28, 2012; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] Four times between February and June, volunteers gear up with thermometers, clipboards, and data sheets to venture out into the evening to conduct frog and toad audible surveys in the Cache River watershed. Volunteers who want to take part in this state wide monitoring program can join us at this orientation on January 28th from 1 pm to 3 pm to learn more about the population trends of Illinois’ frogs & toads. For more information, call the Cache River Wetlands Center at (618) 657-2064. Continue reading

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Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve Open-Gate

[ January 7, 2012; 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. February 4, 2012; 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] Bundle up and join us at Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve, an area typically closed to the public, to witness the majestic sight of ducks and geese arriving at sunset to roost on the icy water. Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve includes 400 acres of wetlands that are managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to provide food and shelter for waterfowl during migration. Staff will provide spotting scopes and binoculars. Please call ahead in the event of inclement weather or freezing temperatures (if the water freezes, there may not be many birds to watch!). For more information or to call ahead, contact Cypress Creek NWR at (618) 634-2231. Continue reading

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