PRESERVING NATURAL AREAS
for PEOPLE, for WILDLIFE,
LCF's Mudpuppy Festival is set for Saturday, February 4, from 1 to 4 pm at Monarch Events Center in Monticello. We'll have crafts, games, activities, and face painting. Kids can learn about the amazing mudpuppy salamander, mussels, and other wildlife LCF helps to protect. Food will be available from Holly's Country Kitchen, plus drinks from Dirt Pour Traveling Bar. A donation of $5/individual or $10/family is recommended.
An Illinois tree stump has attracted a phenomenal variety of wintering raptors, including two rare Prairie Falcons. Enjoy the premiere of this new documentary at the Virginia Theatre on Sunday, February 19, at 3 pm. Come at 2 pm to mingle with local conservation community members (free snacks/cash bar). Hosted by Grand Prairie Friends and the Illinois Audubon Society, with partners including LCF. RSVP required.
Learn what's so unusual about the mudpuppy salamander, and watch our video of a mudpuppy survey in action at the Sangamon River in Allerton Park. Mudpuppies have also been found in LCF's Sangamon River Corridor Reserve. LCF's Mudpuppy Festival celebrates all of the wonderful wildlife and natural lands that LCF is working to protect — especially the unique and fascinating mudpuppy salamander! Photo by Alex Lourash.
LCF's newest board member, Dr. Wendy Brown, has taught microbiology and biology at Danville Area Community College since 2002. A strong advocate of learning through experience, she brought a group of students to our Mouth of Jordan Reserve in October. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and her Ph.D. in microbiology from Oregon State University. Welcome, Dr. Brown! Photo by Fran Harty; Dr. Brown, front row, center