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Free Lectures at Midewin Tallgrass Prairie Welcome Center

Dec 30, 2019 09:00AM

Ana Koval and Wade Spang

The 2020 The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Midewin National TallgrassPrairie Winter Lecture Series will begin at 7 p.m., January 9, and include eight other dates at the Midewin Welcome Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

January 9: Illinois and Michigan Canal: Celebrating 35 years of America’s First National Heritage Area, with Ana Koval, president and CEO, Canal Corridor Association.

January 15: Spider Watching at Midewin, with Frank Pascoe, DA, Professor of Biology, University of St. Francis.

January 29: Desire Lines: Daring to Follow Trickster Coyotes and Rambling Bison, with Dr. Gavin Van Horn, author and director of Cultures of Conservation at the Center for Humans and Nature.

February 13: Fantastic Moths and How to Find Them, with Trevor Edmonson, Midewin project manager, The Wetlands Initiative.

February 26: Bird Life of Midewin, with Greg DuBois, vice president and program director, Will County Audubon Society.

March 10: Voices Out of the Past: Midewin Oral History, with Dr. Pam Hunte, anthropologist, vice president, Midewin Heritage Association.

March 24: Uncovering the Unknown, Unique, and (sometimes) Unclear Past: A Report on the Summer 2019 Archaeological Excavations at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, with Dr. Madeleine McLeester and Professor Mark Schur, University of Notre Dame; and Dr. Terrance Martin, Illinois State Museum.

April 7: New Perspectives on Bison in Illinois Country, with Alan D. Harn, curator emeritus of anthropology, Illinois State Museum.

April 23: Tallgrass Prairie Restoration Effects on Snake Communities in Northern Illinois, with Grace Wu, master’s student, University of Illinois.

Admission is free with registration at 815-423-6370 or [email protected]. Location: 30239 S. SR 53, Wilmington.

Photo Credit: Photo by Veronica Hinke, USDA Forest Service