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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vermilion County Conservation District!

Come join Middlefork Audubon this weekend in Danville as we help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vermilion County Conservation District! On Saturday, June 11 Middlefork Audubon will be joining many others at the Palmer Civic Center in downtown Danville from 1-­4PM with a display about bluebirds and the extensive bluebird trail system established with the VCCD many years ago. Stop by our table for a visit and enjoy an afternoon with many agencies and organizations who have partnered with the Conservation District over the years. On Sunday, June 12, Middlefork members will be hosting the Boardwalk from 1-4PM at the north end of Lake Vermilion with scopes and binoculars for viewing birds that live near the lake. If we are lucky we might even spot an eagle or two!…
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Medieval Missionaries:  A Collins Site Update – Thursday, May 26  7:00 pm

Medieval Missionaries: A Collins Site Update – Thursday, May 26 7:00 pm

The Collins Archaeological Complex located along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, northwest of Danville is home to a site of Native American mounds over a thousand years old. Join archaeologist Amanda Butler as she provides updates on her work at the Collins site - what’s new and what’s planned for this summer - Thursday, May 26 7:00 pm at the Danville Public Library. Amanda J. Butler, M.A. is an archaeologist and instructor in anthropology at Parkland College. She is also a lithic analyst employed with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey. Amanda is also an advocate of public archaeology through her many speaking engagements in East-Central Illinois, public outreach work through the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and the Archaeology Student Society. Currently, she is facilitating the installment of an…
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Experience the Beauty of the Middle Fork – May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Experience the Beauty of the Middle Fork through the eyes of Brian Stearns, Photographer. Location: White Oak Barn, Kennekuk County Park, 22296 Henning Rd, Danville Directions: Enter the park off Henning Road. turn left at Visitors Center and travel west to end of road. White Oak Barn is opposite new Environmental Center. Also learn about the threat to the area posed by Dynegy's coal ash pits and what you can do to protect the Middle Fork from coal ash pollution. Brian Stearns is a wildlife photographer specializing in wild animals in their natural habitats. The Middle Fork River and its environs is one area where he concentrates his attention. Brian is the President of Champaign County Audubon Society, and he and his wife, Susan, are both active in the Middle…
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