March 2014 News

March 27th presentation by Dr. Joseph Spencer
Join us Thursday, March 27th at 7:00 pm at the Danville Public Library to hear Dr. Joseph Spencer present “A ‘Taste’ of Loda Prairie”: Adventures with prairie cicadas and other insects. The event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided.

Dr. Joseph Spencer will give an entomological talk based on his observations in local prairies, particularly Loda Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve. Dr. Spencer is an entomologist and insect behaviorist from the Illinois Natural History Survey. His research interests include insect behavior and movement/dispersal of field crop insect pests. His approach to the study of insects is colored by an abiding interest in behavior and an appreciation for the constraints physiology can impose on behavior and pest adaptations. Dr. Spencer is also an enthusiastic photographer and observer of nature who delights in finding beauty in the small wonders that are hidden all around us.

March 13th Board Meeting
This month’s board meeting will be held Thursday, March 13th, 7:15pm at the Danville, Public Library. The meeting is open to the public.  Attending a board meeting is a great way to see what happens behind the scenes and learn more about the organization.

Upcoming Programs

We are looking forward to having Kirby and Cindy Pringle for the April Monarch program and Dave Weibel for the May program.  June will be the annual picnic at Kennekuk County Park.

Other News

The Illinois RiverWatch Network is offering Illinois residents the chance to train to become citizen scientists and join the network of more than 750 volunteers throughout the state who monitor the water quality of Illinois streams. A training opportunity is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 9am-4pm at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet. Download the flyer (pdf document) for more information.