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There’s always something happening at the Macon County Conservation District!  Staff and volunteers work all year round to provide you with educational programs, restore natural areas, and preserve historic sites.  To know what’s going on:

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We often think of our homes, neighborhoods, and cities as places that "belong" to ourselves. In reality though, we’re borrowing those areas from the wildlife that once lived there. As a result, people sometimes cross paths with wildlife indoors, like this Little Brown bat that found its way inside the Nature Center today. What can you do to co-exist peacefully with wildlife around your home, and when visiting natural areas? Find useful tips and resources on our "Living with Wildlife" page, including what to do if you cross paths with infant, injured, or nuisance wildlife: MaconCountyConservation.org/living-with-wildlife ...

We often think of our homes, neighborhoods, and cities as places that belong to ourselves. In reality though, we’re borrowing those areas from the wildlife that once lived there.  As a result, people sometimes cross paths with wildlife indoors, like this Little Brown bat that found its way inside the Nature Center today.  What can you do to co-exist peacefully with wildlife around your home, and when visiting natural areas? Find useful tips and resources on our Living with Wildlife page, including what to do if you cross paths with infant, injured, or nuisance wildlife: https://MaconCountyConservation.org/living-with-wildlifeImage attachment

As you've probably already read about in the summer issue of the Prairie Islander newsletter: We received an OSLAD grant to make improvements to the Cattail Ponds at Rock Springs Conservation Area. These are the two ponds located near the Information Shelter and pavilions. Work is set to begin this month (hopefully this week). The Bike Trail Pond, located just west of Rock Springs Nature Center, will remain open as always for fishing and field trip programs.

If you're not subscribed to the Prairie Islander newsletter, send us an email with your name and mailing address to [email protected], or Facebook message us. You can also read the current issue on our website: maconcountyconservation.org/wp-content/uploads/Prairie_Islander_Summer2019.pdf
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As youve probably already read about in the summer issue of the Prairie Islander newsletter: We received an OSLAD grant to make improvements to the Cattail Ponds at Rock Springs Conservation Area.  These are the two ponds located near the Information Shelter and pavilions.  Work is set to begin this month (hopefully this week).  The Bike Trail Pond, located just west of Rock Springs Nature Center, will remain open as always for fishing and field trip programs.

If youre not subscribed to the Prairie Islander newsletter, send us an email with your name and mailing address to MCCD@MaconCountyConservation.org, or Facebook message us. You can also read the current issue on our website: https://maconcountyconservation.org/wp-content/uploads/Prairie_Islander_Summer2019.pdf

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The last of the Summer Concert Series will be this Sunday from 7-8pm. Bring a lawn chair to the West Lawn of Rock Springs Nature Center, and enjoy free tunes by Cross Country Classics: maconcountyconservation.org/events/rock-springs-concert-series-cross-country-classics ...

The last of the Summer Concert Series will be this Sunday from 7-8pm. Bring a lawn chair to the West Lawn of Rock Springs Nature Center, and enjoy free tunes by Cross Country Classics: https://maconcountyconservation.org/events/rock-springs-concert-series-cross-country-classics
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1880s-Style Harvest Fun Comes to Rock Springs

Mary Morrow was on a roll with pumpkin rolling Sunday afternoon at the Rock Springs Conservation Area’s Fall Harvest Festival.  Competing against several other kids on a downhill slope outside the Nature Center building, Mary stood out before the race got going because she was dressed in period 1880s clothing . . .

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Healthy Burn for Prairie

Prairie used to cover most of Illinois. Fires occurred routinely and naturally, which rejuvenated the prairie grasses and maintained their health, said Richie Wolf, Rock Springs Nature Center manager. The Macon County Conservation District has used prescribed burns since 1978 to restore conservation areas for several reasons . . .

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