2018 Fishing Season Opening Day at the Dixon Refuge
May
15
5:30 AM05:30

2018 Fishing Season Opening Day at the Dixon Refuge

The fishing season at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes in 2018 will run from Tuesday, May 15, through Monday, September 3. A Dixon Refuge fishing permit is required in addition to a State of Illinois Sport Fishing License. Permit applications will be available at the kiosk by the boat launch starting on May 15.

For more information on permits and rules, click here.

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Plug Planting Volunteer Day at the Dixon Refuge
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Plug Planting Volunteer Day at the Dixon Refuge

Help restore rare prairie and savanna habitats at the Sandy Hollow tract of the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge! Volunteers will plant plugs (seedlings) of a variety of native species such as leadplant, cream gentian, and prairie violets.

Snacks, water, tools, and gloves will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothing for fieldwork (e.g., long pants, closed-toe shoes). Children 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or other chaperone.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking lot by the observation tower. Click here for a map and driving directions.

Please email us at twi@wetlands-initiative.org if you plan to attend.

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Plug Planting Volunteer Day at Indian Ridge Marsh
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Plug Planting Volunteer Day at Indian Ridge Marsh

Help restore rare wetland and prairie habitats at Indian Ridge Marsh on Chicago's Southeast Side in the Calumet region! Volunteers will plant plugs (seedlings) of a variety of native species such as feverfew, purple prairie clover, and pale spiked lobelia.

Snacks, water, tools, and gloves will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothing for fieldwork (e.g., long pants, waterproof shoes or boots). Children 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or other chaperone.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot at the north end of Indian Ridge Marsh on East 116th Street in Chicago, just west of South Torrence Avenue.

Please email us at twi@wetlands-initiative.org if you plan to attend.

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BioBlitz 2018 at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge
Aug
3
to Aug 4

BioBlitz 2018 at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

From the evening of Friday, August 3, to the evening of Saturday, August 4, join us at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge for a spectacular BioBlitz! Teams of citizen scientists will join experts in surveying the 3,000-acre site for as many species as possible among dozens of different organism groups—from fungi to birds, mammals to ants, and reptiles to plants.

The main activities will take place on Saturday, August 4, with a Biodiversity Festival in the afternoon suitable for all ages and mobility levels. Some nighttime activities are scheduled for the previous Friday evening, August 3, including an "owl prowl" and a bat hike. You are invited to participate in as much or as little of the 24-hour BioBlitz as you like.

During TWI's first-ever BioBlitz at the Refuge in 2015, participants identified more than 675 species. Help us beat this amazing record and learn even more about biodiversity at the Refuge in 2018! No matter your experience level, there will be ways for you to be part of the event.

Ready to RSVP? Help us put together the best activity schedule for the weekend by filling out the Initial Sign-up Form. You will receive a follow-up registration survey in June to pick the specific surveys and other activities you'd like to participate in.

For more information on the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, including its location in the Illinois River Valley, click here.

 

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Making Your Illinois Farm "Weather-Ready"
Dec
12
8:30 AM08:30

Making Your Illinois Farm "Weather-Ready"

Come learn about water and soil management tools to address weather effects, with presentations by Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist; Jim Isermann of the Soil Health Partnership; and Jill Kostel of the Wetlands Initiative.

Weather patterns in the Midwest are rapidly changing and are expected to continue shifting for the foreseeable future. To remain productive and profitable, Illinois farmers will need to adapt their farm management plans to account for more frequent heavy rain events, longer times between rain events, and extreme temperatures. This seminar will offer information that farmers and their advisors can use to improve the "weather-readiness" of Illinois agriculture.

Reservations are not required but appreciated. Please contact Jean McGuire by texting your name to (515) 520-3036, calling her at that number, or sending an email to jmcguire@wetlands-initiative.org.

Registration starts at 8:30, the presentations at 9:00; a free lunch buffet will be served.

2.0 SWM and 1.5 CM Certified Crop Advisor CEUs requested.

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Oct
26
4:30 PM16:30

Ecological Restoration in Chicago's Calumet Region: An Open House

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Share some Bridgeport Coffee and snacks with Wetlands Initiative ecologists working to restore native habitats in Chicago's Calumet region on the city's Southeast Side, and find out how you can be a part of it!

Once one of North America's most biodiverse wetland areas, the Calumet region is now heavily marked by a century of industrial use. 

Join the collaborative effort to bring back Calumet ecosystems where native plants and wildlife can again thrive. TWI's partners in this work include Audubon Great Lakes, the Chicago Park District, and others.

You'll also have the chance to enter a free raffle for some fabulous Patagonia gear!

For directions to Bridgeport Coffeehouse Hyde Park, in Chicago's Hyde Park Art Center, including by public transportation and Divvy bike, click here: Bridgeport Coffee

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Native Seed Harvest at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge
Oct
7
9:00 AM09:00

Native Seed Harvest at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

Celebrate fall by helping to collect native seed in the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge’s beautiful restored prairies and wetlands. No experience is needed for this fun and easy volunteer activity!

The seed harvested by volunteers will later be cleaned, sorted, and planted over the winter in other areas of the Refuge that are being restored. This is an important way you can participate in restoration of this internationally recognized site and its diverse native habitats.

Bring your own water bottle and we'll provide snacks, tools, and gloves. There will be a light picnic lunch at the Refuge farmhouse when you’re done harvesting.

Please wear appropriate clothing for fieldwork (e.g., long pants, closed-toe shoes). Children 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or other chaperone.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking lot by the observation tower. Click here for a map and driving directions.

Please email us if you plan to attend.

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Sep
23
7:30 AM07:30

5K Dixon Refuge Dash

Join TWI at the inaugural Dixon Refuge Dash on Saturday, September 23, in celebration of Hennepin's bicentennial. A 5K, family-friendly "fun run" at the Refuge's new Hickory Hollow tract, the event will give you a chance to experience what this area along the Illinois River would have been like when Hennepin was first settled. After the race, you can enjoy other bicentennial activities in Hennepin, including a pancake breakfast at the Hennepin Fire Station.

Online registration is now closed.

Day-of registration opens on-site at 7:30 a.m.

Date

Saturday, September 23

Time

Check-in and day-of registration opens at 7:30 a.m.
Runners start at 8:00 a.m.
Walkers start at 8:15 a.m.

Fee

$10 entry fee per person.
Children under the age of 16 are welcome to participate but must also pay the entry fee and be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone.
Participants will receive a Dixon Refuge Dash t-shirt.
The entry fee will help support TWI's mission of ecological restoration in the Illinois River Valley.

Weather

The race will take place rain or shine, unless there is an extreme weather event.

Parking

Parking will be available off Route 26, near the race start. Click here for a Dixon Waterfowl Refuge map and detailed 5K race map.

Registration and Check-in

Online registration is now closed. Day-of registration opens on-site at 7:30 a.m., when check-in for pre-registered participants begins.

Race Course

This is a trail run. It will take place on unpaved surfaces through the new Hickory Hollow tract at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge. Experience this restoration-in-progress as you run through native Illinois habitats like sand and mesic prairie, oak savanna, and mixed woodland. Click here to see a map of the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge and a detailed 5K race map.

The 2017 Dixon Refuge Dash is sponsored by

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With additional support from:

Axline Pharmacy

Christina Judd Mennie

Country Stop

Edgewood Park Golf Club

Gonet Insurance

Grasser's Plumbing & Heating

Hennepin Boat Store

John Brandstatter & Sons

Putnam County Rotary

Shore Law and Mediation

William Marino - Hennepin LLC

Questions?

Contact the Wetlands Initiative at swagner@wetlands-initiative.org.

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Jun
15
4:00 PM16:00

Ecological Restoration in Chicago's Calumet Region: An Open House

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Share some Bridgeport Coffee and snacks with Wetlands Initiative ecologists working to restore native habitats in Chicago's Calumet region on the city's Southeast Side, and find out how you can be a part of it!

Once one of North America's most biodiverse wetland areas, the Calumet region is now heavily marked by a century of industrial use. 

Join the collaborative effort to bring back Calumet ecosystems where native plants and wildlife can again thrive, along with the Wetlands Initiative, Audubon Great Lakes, and other partners.

You'll also have the chance to enter a free raffle for some fabulous Patagonia gear!

For directions to Bridgeport Coffee at 31st & Morgan in Chicago, including by public transportation and Divvy bike, click here: Bridgeport Coffee

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Jun
3
9:00 AM09:00

Plug Planting Volunteer Day at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

Help restore rare prairie and savanna habitats at the Hickory Hollow tract of the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge! Volunteers will plant plugs (seedlings) of a variety of native species such as leadplant, cream gentian, and prairie violets.

Snacks, water, tools, and gloves will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothing for fieldwork (e.g., long pants, closed-toe shoes). Children 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or other chaperone.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking lot by the observation tower. Click here for a map and driving directions.

Please email us at twi@wetlands-initiative.org if you plan to attend.

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