11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 15: Crazy for MonarchsFamilies are invited to learn the life history of monarch butterflies and how to attract them to their yards.
Come to the Curing Cabin Fever V Geocaching Event (GC4XF3P) on March 22nd. Some folks are versed in Geocaching while others don’t even know how to pronounce it. For those not familiar, it’s pronounced (JEE-oh-CASh-ing). It is a high-tech treasure hunt using a hand-held Global Positioning System receiver (GPSr) to find a treasure or cache. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and "treasure," usually toys or trinkets of little monetary value. The event begins with a Meet and Greet at the Heirloom Market/Café in Thomson, Illinois and moves to the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center for the classroom section of the event.
1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 22: Migration from the Ground Up: Using Field, Laboratory, and Radar Techniques to Investigate Landbird Ecology and Migration Along the Upper Mississippi River, presented by Biologist Melissa Meier.Melissa was the lead field biologist for this five-year study, which sought to understand if the abundance and species composition of spring migrants differ between floodplain and upland forests; if there are patterns in the timing of migration among species using the Upper Mississippi River; if there are specific sites that are more important to migrating birds than others; and if birds captured in different habitats demonstrate differences in physiological condition.
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