50 Years of Learning with Woodsy Owl! 2022 Caring for The Land Webinar Series

Since September 15, 1971, Woodsy Owl has reminded Americans to "Give a hoot, don't pollute!" and "Lend a hand, care for the land!" Today, Woodsy Owl’s message is as important as ever, and especially at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, where volunteers, partners and staff are working to restore the land with over 275 species of native Illinois prairie plants. Why is Woodsy Owl important to the mission and goals of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and the people who work here? In this short video, USDA FS Hydrologic Technician Rob Lorens explains about water quality surveys, which are the first step in increasing and improving natural habitat for native Illinois prairie species. 

Photo Challenge

From a brave mother wolf spider carrying over 100 of her babies on her back to a coyote howling on the Henslow Trail, the photos from the "Woodsy Owl & Friends" 50th Birthday Photo Challenge each tell a story of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.  

Panel Discussions

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and USDA FS Partners will host 30-minute panel discussions, providing actionable information about some of Woodsy Owl's favorite topics. Download a full schedule of the 2022 programs.

From looking for bald eagles to learning more about the importance of agriculture, here is the schedule of programs:

Time: 6 to 6:30 p.m., Central Time

Register to receive Zoom Link

Call: 815-423 -6370

Email: SM.FS.Midewin_RSVP@usda.gov

Monday, January 10 “Save The Eagles Day” 

Your “go-kit” for looking for bald eagles, far and away. When and how to look? How can you get involved in helping bald eagles?      

Wednesday, February 2 “World Wetlands Day” and “Groundhog Day”

Highlights of Wetlands restoration projects at Midewin NTP. How can you get involved?  

Wednesday, March 23 “National Agriculture Day” 

How are row crops and grazing cattle helping to restore grasslands?

Thursday, April 21, “National Go Birding Day” (4/24) 

Your “go-kit” for birdwatching at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie; where to go and when; how to look for birds; how to identify them and share photos on iNaturalist and eBird.

Monday, May 23, “World Turtle Day” 

What is happening to learn more about turtle populations in and near Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie? How can you get involved?