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Fall Program


PPSOC‘s fall program will be a discussion about prairie chickens at the Kickapoo Center, 1919 N. Limekiln Rd., at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 19th, 2017.

When Europeans first settled the Midwest, prairie chickens flourished. A chicken-sized bird, they’re best known for their booming during mating season, which “reverberated across the Prairie State.” From a population of millions even after farming became extensive; fewer than 100 birds remained in Illinois by 1989.

The major reason for their decline is loss of habitat. Prairie chickens need large sweeps of uninterrupted grassland. Loss of genetic diversity has also been implicated, but efforts are underway to return this important bird to its original habitat. ?

Bob Gillespie, a Natural Resources Coordinator with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will relate efforts to translocate prairie chickens from Kansas to Prairie Ridge State Natural Area in Newton.

?Gillespie grew up near Prairie Ridge State Natural Area and has worked with greater prairie chickens from a very young age. Prairie Ridge State Natural Area is home to the state’s only remaining greater prairie chickens.

The program is free and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult. Light refreshments will be served.  Any questions please call Lin at 815-973-4926.



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