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Are you interested in learning more about birds and birding in and around Will County? Would you like to meet others that enjoy birding? Join us at one of our upcoming activities and find out what the Will County Audubon Society is all about. We hope to see you there!
Next Meeting
Thursday Jan 14, 2016
Barber & Oberworthmann Horticultural Center
227 N. Gougar Road
Joliet, Illinois
Program: District Land Management -
Forest Preserve District of Will County
6:30 to 6:45 pm - Social Time
6:45 pm Business meeting 7:00pm Program
Refreshments will be served. Please bring your coffee mug.

Floyd Catchpole is the Land Management Program Coordinator of
the Forest Preserve District of Will County. He has devoted much of his time to understanding the changes in Will County’s ecosystems. FPDWC is attempting to preserve and restore remnants of the systems in the county. With Juli Mason, Restoration Program Coordinator for the FPDWC,
they have been working to implement a prescribed haying program. They will be here to inform us about this program and other important work they perform in the preserves.
The FPDWC was created under the Downstate F.P.D. District Act which states that forest preserve districts
shall create preserves "; for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna, and scenic beauties within such district,
and to restore, restock, protect and preserve the natural forests and such lands together with their flora and fauna, as nearly as may be, in their
natural state and condition... "
For many decades ecologists thought that leaving the land untouched by humans was the best way to achieve these goals. But it has been found this is not always the case. Floyd and Julie will discuss current land management practices and the reasons behind them as the District struggles to reduce the loss of species and prepare the landscape
for the next phase of species reintroductions to recovering ecosystems.
All Will County Audubon Society meetings are free and open to
the public.