Below I have re-printed 3 volunteer ecology offerings. The first is from Jeff Skrentney co-steward at Sauganash / LaBagh inviting you to participate in a series of workdays!
2nd is an offering from the Forest Preserve District to learn about the problem of poaching in the Preserves.
Finally, an invitation to attend training workshops to gain certification to be on a prescription burn crew.
Pandemic lemons to lemonade!
GREAT NEWS! The FPCC has opened up restrictions, and we can get back to holding public restoration events with volunteers outside our core team of volunteers, including NEW volunteers.
As with most of our workdays in 2020, these events are INVITATION ONLY. You must express interest in attending, and then RSVP to the email invitation you will receive the week before the workday you are invited to join.
We had hoped to have workdays this coming Sunday, February 7th, but it looks like it will be too cold even for our hearty group of core volunteers. The following Saturday, February 13th, we also have a workday planned, but again, the cold weather forecast makes that workday look tenuous.
Here are the upcoming LaBagh Workdays:
February 21st & 27th
March 7th & 13th
March 21st & 27th
April 4th, 17th & 25th (possible planting day)
May 2nd, 22nd & 30th (all possible planting days)
If you are interested and available, please express your interest to me with an email or a text message to me at 773.677.8852. Right now, I am looking for volunteers for our February and March dates. I will not be keeping lists of volunteers for workdays beyond that.
We have missed you all, have you missed us? Send me an email, shoot me a text message, and share with me when you would like to volunteer. I will get you on our invitation lists so you can attend our upcoming February and March workdays.
Really looking forward to getting back to a regular schedule of workdays, and we hope to see you all over the next few weeks. We can’t accomplish the LaBagh restoration without our volunteers!
Chicago Ornithological Society (COS) Board of Directors
lead LaBagh Woods restoration volunteer
The Phantom Menace:
Poaching in the Preserves
February 17, 2021 • Noon–1pm
John McCabe Director of Resource Management
presents with Mike Parzygnat from Law Enforcement
Join us to learn why poaching is a threat to our natural areas and how
you can help us protect the natural resources in the Preserves. During
this presentation, you will hear information on vulnerable plant and
animal populations and archaeological sites, as well as learn why
protecting these resources is critical. You will also learn how to identify
the tools and techniques used by poachers so you too can help stop
this destructive behavior.
Register on the training page of our volunteer website. Don’t have an account? RSVP to Alex.Horvath@cookcountyil.gov by next Tuesday, February 16.
From: Brooke Thurau <brooke.thurau@TNC.ORG>
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 4:48 PM
Subject: VSN Scholarships Available for CW Prescription Burn Crew Training
I wanted to let you know that there are still plenty of spaces in The Morton Arboretum’s online Prescription Burn Crew Training and the VSN has scholarship funds to pay for the course. If you know of any volunteers that could benefit from the course, please have them register here.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Chicago Wilderness Prescription Burn Crew Training (Online)
Chicago Wilderness offers the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class online through The Morton Arboretum. Based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) S-130 and S-190 courses, this two-day training covers the basics of such topics as fire behavior, controlled burn techniques, and smoke management. Registration closes at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb 25.
Thursday, February 25, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online
Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live sessions online.