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Midewin expands virtual programs, includes new content

5/27/2020, noon
The USDA Forest Service – Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie has expanded virtual natural resources outreach to the public this season. ...
A bobolink rests in the grasses at the USDA Forest Service – Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. The Midewin schedule of virtual programs includes a two-part webinar series on “Birds of Midewin.” Photo courtesy of Rich Hickson

The USDA Forest Service – Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie has expanded virtual natural resources outreach to the public this season. More programming is now available through the Midewin smartphone application and more topics have been added to the webinar series. From the surprisingly long roots of prairie plants to the grassland birds that fly high in the sky, there is something for everyone in the wide array of topics that will be presented this season.

Quick, educational videos and also more narrative content will be added to the Midewin smartphone app in time for National Prairie Day and National Trails Day, which is June 6, 2020. To access the Midewin app on your computer, tablet or smartphone, go to https://midewin.oncell.com..

New topics have also been added to the Midewin webinar schedule. The following is the list of programs that are scheduled now through Pollinator Week (June 22-28, 2020).

“Plant Your Own Patch of Prairie at Home” May 28 Learn new planting and design ideas from Midewin staff and volunteers. Host: Veronica Hinke, Midewin Public Affairs Officer & Public Services Team Leader “Midewin by Tram-Auto” June 4 Get a sneak preview of the guided auto caravan tours that are planned for 2020.

This webinar is helpful for planning your summer schedule, and there will also be plenty of facts throughout about a wide variety of prairie topics. Host: Veronica Hinke, Midewin Public Affairs Officer & Public Services Team Leader “Birds of Midewin” Saturday, June 6, 8:30 a.m. Midewin bird excursion leader Greg DuBois will tell us about the birds that he has seen at Midewin.

Over the years there have been sightings of Henslow's sparrows, bobolinks, grasshopper sparrows, meadowlarks, blue grosbeaks, orioles, warblers, vireos, and more! This will be part 1 of a 2-part series; Dubois will present part 2 on June 20. Host: Greg DuBois, Will County Audubon Society Vice President “Bison Project Update” Thursday, June 11, 9 a.m. Why are there bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie? We will hear the latest updates on the “bison experiment.” Host: Kelly Gutknecht, Midewin Range Management Specialist “Frogs of Midewin” Thursday, June 18, 9 a.m. This leap year, learn all you can about frogs! What is the most common frog in the Chicago area?

How many frog species live at Midewin? Find out: This webinar program will provide an overview of the frogs of Midewin and how they are involved in restoration (yes, even the frogs!).! Host: Veronica Hinke, Midewin Public Affairs Officer & Public Services Team Leader “Birds of Midewin” Saturday, June 20, 8:30 a.m. Midewin bird excursion leader Greg DuBois will tell us about the birds that he has seen at Midewin.

Over the years there have been sightings of Henslow's sparrows, bobolinks, grasshopper sparrows, meadowlarks, blue grosbeaks, orioles, warblers, vireos, and more! This will be part 2 of a 2-part series; Dubois will present part 1 on June 6. Host: Greg DuBois, Will County Audubon Society Vice President

“Pollinators of Midewin” Thursday, June 25, 9 a.m. This will be an overview of some of the pollinators at Midewin, and their important role in restoration. Host: Veronica Hinke, Midewin Public Affairs Officer & Public Services Team Leader “Pollinators of Midewin” Thursday, June 25, 9 a.m.

This will be an overview of some of the pollinators at Midewin, and their important role in restoration. Host: Veronica Hinke, Midewin Public Affairs Officer & Public Services Team Leader LINK to webinars: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com

Registration is not required for the webinars.