What is it? Join a Midewin Ranger for a hike to the bison pasture. As usual, you may or may not spot the bison, but you will learn about Midewin's unique past, present and future in a fun, interactive way, and learn about the dynamics of these fascinating creatures. No reservations required.
When is it? Every Saturday and Sunday, April 1 through October 29 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
What is it? 5,000 years ago, a one-mile thick glacial ice sheet moved over Illinois leaving its mark on Midewin. Environments in prehistoric times includ-ed tropical swamplands and subtropical oceans. View the rocks, hills and plains of Midewin that still bear evidence of these vastly different environments. Tour lasts 2-1/2 hours and takes place on unimproved roads; gravel and potholes can be expected.
When is it? April 1, April 22, Sept. 9; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
What is it? Illinois Peregrines - From Decline to Recovery
When is it? Thursday, April 6, 2017
Where is it? Midewin Welcome Center, 7 p.m.
Presented by? Mary Hennen, Director-Chicago Peregrine Program, Bird Division, The Field Museum
What's it all about? Once considered an endangered species and extricated in Illinois from 1951 until 1986, the peregrine falcon population is now past historic levels. Hennen’s presentation will take us through the recovery of the peregrines in Illinois. As the majority of the population now lives in an urban habitat, learn what it means to live in close proximity to this remarkable bird.
Fees: Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments provided by The Midewin Alliance, which is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit group that is actively engaged in supporting the mission and goals of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
Space for seating for the lectures is limited and seats cannot be guaranteed without an RSVP. To reserve a seat, call 815-423-6370 or email Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us.