People and Prairies: Preservation of the Chiwaukee Prairie

Chiwaukee Prairie Preserve is an internationally designated site that begins in the northern tip of Lake County Illinois and continues northward through Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin. For our October 15 Speaker Series, Woods & Wetlands is delighted to welcome Dr. Dana Garrigan, professor in the Biology Department at Carthage College. Dr. Garrigan teaches ecology, conservation biology, climate change, and other courses. He is also a well-known nature and wildlife photographer.

Illinois rightly identifies as the "Prairie State", but we often forget we are surrounded by even more prairies within our neighbors. Chiwaukee is a very special mesic prairie found in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois, along the shores of Lake Michigan. It has been designated a "Ramsar Wetland of International Significance." It is a world-class site of great value for its rare and endangered species, six globally rare representative habitats and importance to migrating birds.

Preservation of precious the Chiwaukee Prairie has been an ongoing process since the early 1900's. Dr. Garrigan will share the nature of this exceptional site, the plant and animal species dependent on this pristine ecosystem and the work that has been completed and continues now.

Please join us for our October 15, 2023 Sunday Speaker Series. As always, this Zoom presentation is open to all who are interested and is a family friendly presentation. Click here to receive log in information.

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