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At a Glance: April 19, 2018

April 19, 2018

Audubon outings

The Kankakee Valley Audubon Society visits Perry Farm at Bradley at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for its second outing of the spring.

Meet at the Exploration Station parking lot for a walk through the prairie and wooded areas to the Kankakee River.

The next outing will be April 28 at Limestone Park, west of Kankakee. Take Illinois Route 17 to Limestone Road (5000W), go north 1 mile to 1000N Road, then west to park. Meet in the parking lot.

In the event the weather is questionable on the day of the field trip, a decision will be made by 7 a.m. Call a KVAS officer anytime after 7 a.m. They are president David Atkinson (daveannatk@att.net, 815-932-6457) and secretary-treasurer Roberta Slaby (robertaslaby@gmail.com, 815-937-9889).

Live animal program

A live animal presentation by instructor Judy Corrigan will be held from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Bourbonnais Township Park District’s Willowhaven Nature Center, at 1451 N. 4000E Road (Skyline Road), east of Kankakee.

A donation of $1 is suggested to help with animal care. Corrigan will conduct a hands-on presentation of animals, including a turtle, rabbit, salamander and snake. Preregistration is not required.

Deer firearms permits

Residents of Illinois can apply through April 30 for the first lottery drawings for 2018 Illinois firearm and muzzleloader-only deer hunting season permits. Apply online at dnr.illinois.gov.

The 2018 Illinois firearm deer seasons are Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2. The 2018 muzzleloader-only permits can be used Nov. 29-Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9.

JJC nature workday

A volunteer workday in nature areas at Joliet Junior College will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, open to all ages, with youth to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Registration is required 48 hours in advance to ensure there is enough equipment for all participants. Call 815-722-7364 or email rgauchat@fpdwc.org. Those who require an auxiliary aid or service to participate should mention their request when registering, or submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the workday.

Work will take place on uneven terrain that is primarily natural surface.

Plum Creek kite fest

The Forest Preserve District of Will County will hold its “Jammin’ Family Kite Flying Festival” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at Plum Creek Nature Center, north of Beecher at the Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve.

Participants will be treated to a synchronized kite dancing program, 90-foot flying kites and candy falling from the sky. Bring a kite or buy one from a vendor at the event. Take in the nature center’s kite display, participate in an indoor scavenger hunt with prizes or take home a kite craft. Falconers will present a program with live raptors.

Registration is not required for this free, all-ages event.

Monarch pollinator seeds

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Mason State Nursery has developed a seed mix of Illinois native forbs and grasses that is suitable for use in developing a monarch/pollinator habitat.

One packet of seeds will cover about one-fifth of an acre. The cost is $40 per packet, plus shipping and handling.

The nursery also has Illinois native plants available for sale in containers. The container plants must be picked up at the Mason State Nursery in Topeka, east of Havana. Tree seedlings also are available for sale. For complete ordering information, visit dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/Forestry/Pages/Tree-Nurseries.aspx.

Momence tree planting

Volunteers are being sought to plant trees during an Arbor Day celebration April 28 at Momence Island Park in an event sponsored by the Momence High School boys soccer team, Momence Park District and the city of Momence.

Trees are being donated by several area nurseries — Snider’s, Siwicki’s, Tholens’ and Woldhuis’.

Volunteers can participate in two shifts — from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. — with both groups lunching together at noon. Two groups will plant trees and the third will set up, serve and clean up lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

To get preregistration forms, visit the website momenceparkdistrict.org or call 815-472-2670.

44th DU banquet

The 44th annual membership banquet of Kankakee County Ducks Unlimited will be held May 15 at the Manteno Sportsman’s Club, with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., a steak dinner at 7 p.m. and an auction at 8 p.m.

Get a chance on a free gun by ordering early, with a $285 sponsor also getting a chance to win the “sponsor only” gun.

Sponsor tables for six are available for $600, including the $55 framed sponsor print and a chance in the table sponsor gun drawing. Regular membership tickets are $70, with spouses an additional $30. Youth “Greenwing” ticket memberships are $30, including dinner and a subscription to Greenwing magazine.

For tickets, contact DU chairman Richard “Bones” Huffman at 815-937-4532.

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