Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie presents a date planner for 2021 designed to help track and organize special dates in natural resources and conservation

Contact(s): Veronica Hinke

News Release: Date Planner

WILMINGTON, Ill. (Nov. 24, 2020) – When is National Bird Day? The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie date planner for 2021 is designed to help you keep track of special dates in natural resources and conservation. The new date planner, which also spotlights origins and importance of special dates, is available to download and print now on the Midewin NTP website: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/midewin/home/?cid=FSEPRD836211.


Spotlights combine history and nature. For example, National Bird Day (January 5) was established in 1894 by Charles Babcock, Superintendent of the Oil City (PA) Area School District. Babcock started this holiday to not only celebrate birds but to help educate students about the importance of birds. His initiative spread nationwide and became a well-established holiday by the early 1900s.


“I cannot think of any more pleasant way to bring nature into each day in 2021 than through a planner that combines nature and history with vibrant photos of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie,” said Midewin Prairie Supervisor Wade Spang. “What makes the date planner even more distinct is that it features U.S. Military veterans who took  photographs of Midewin NTP.”


The date planner was produced by the USDA Forest Service’s Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. The date planner features photographs of Midewin NTP that were taken by U.S. Military veterans who participate in Brushwood Center’s “At Ease” Nature Platoon at Midewin NTP. The program is open to all U.S. Military Veterans and their families.


The cover photo of the date planner, which is pictured here, was taken by At Ease participant Tammy Miller. Her husband, Chip Miller, is a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Miller’s colorful, vibrant photograph shows a monarch butterfly pollinating thistle along the very popular Henslow Trail.   


“The butterfly wouldn’t sit still for me for very long,” Miller recalled, “but I was able to snap this photo. There is something new and wonderful to discover around every corner at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. I like that there aren’t hills; trails are wide, flat and smooth.”      


The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Date Planner for 2021 prints well on white, 70-pound, 8.5 x 11-inch paper. It can be saddle-stitched in two places on the 11-inch side. For hanging, include a 3/16-inch hole in the center at the outside edge of each page.


PHOTO CAPTION: August 2020 --- A monarch butterfly pollinates thistle along the popular Henslow Trail at the USDA Forest Service’s Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. National Pollinator Week and more special dates in natural resources and conservation are highlighted in a Midewin NTP date planner for 2021 that is available now for download from the website: https://tinyurl.com/y5awx3xm. Photo by Tammy Miller