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Illinois DNR Newsbits - February 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACTS:
Chris Young
217-557-1240
Illinois DNR Newsbits - February 2015
Kaskaskia Eagle Fest � Feb. 7:  Join the fun at the Kaskaskia Eagle Fest at the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam in Modoc, IL on Sat., Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. � 3 p.m.  There will be eagle watching with spotting scopes, birds from the World Bird Sanctuary, interpreted walks both upstream and downstream from the dam, and tours of the lock and dam.  Sponsors include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, IDNR, Randolph County Economic Development, Lower Kaskaskia Stakeholders, Inc., Randolph County, Chester Tourism, North County Savings Bank, Evansville Booster Club, Horse Prairie Mutual/FarMutual, CLIFFTOP, and the Kaskaskia River Port District. For more information, contact the Kaskaskia River Project Office at 618-284-7160 or e-mail us at KaskyL&D@usace.army.mil.

Eagle Day Festival � Feb. 7: The 15th annual Eagle Day Festival at Dickson Mounds Museum is Sat., Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event includes activities at Dickson Mounds Museum, the Lewistown Visitor Center, Havana Nature Center, Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, and TNC�s Emiquon Preserve. Activities include raptor programs and bird watching. The event is free, but donations are welcomed. http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson/events.html?EventID=2407

Buy 2015 Illinois Licenses/Stamps:  Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsman�s combination licenses and stamps are available from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, online through the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). The 2015 licenses and stamps will be valid through Mar. 31, 2016, unless otherwise noted.

Hunters Reminded to Return Harvest Cards:  Illinois hunters who received a Free Upland Hunting Permit are reminded to return the Free Upland Hunt Harvest Survey Card by Feb. 15. Even if they did not hunt at the site, hunters must return the postage-paid card to remain eligible for the next year�s drawing for a Free Upland Hunting Permit. These data are used by biologists to track hunter satisfaction, effort, harvest and the amount of upland game encountered at the sites. IDNR appreciates the cooperation of hunters who provide this information.  For all of IDNR-managed state sites that utilize the Windshield Card system, the reporting deadline is also Feb. 15.  The link to the Windshield Card reporting site is: https://dnr.state.il.us/windshieldcard/index.asp

Spring Turkey Applications:  Hunters may apply for the third lottery for 2015 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits online through Feb. 9. Go to the IDNR website for more information at this link:  www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/turkey

Spring Youth Turkey:  Spring Youth Turkey Special Hunt Area permit applications will be accepted online through Monday, Feb. 16.  Spring Youth Turkey Season County Permits will be available over-the-counter from IDNR license/permit vendors beginning on March 3.  For information on spring turkey hunting, check the IDNR website:  http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/SpringYouthTurkeyHuntingInformation.pdf

Hunter and Boating Safety Education Courses:  Register now for Hunter Safety Education and Boating Safety Education courses from the IDNR.  Spring classes are being scheduled, and since classes fill up quickly, check the IDNR website for class dates and locations.  The website link for all IDNR Safety Education course information is www.dnr.illinois.gov/safety

Science Series:  �Excavations: Digging in Lincoln's Neighborhood� is the February Science Series program at the Illinois State Museum�s Research and Collections Center in Springfield at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11.  ISM research associate Dennis Naglich will present the program on the work last June of archaeologists who excavated part of a lot in the Lincoln Home neighborhood in downtown Springfield.  The program is free and open to the public.  For more information, phone 217-782-0061.  The ISM Research and Collections Center is located at 1011 East Ash Street in Springfield. 

Earth Day in the Parks:  Applications are being accepted through Feb. 28 for Earth Day in the Parks events this spring at Illinois state parks.  Check the website at this link to download an application form: http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/EDITPinstruct.htm. Teachers are invited to apply to involve their students in natural resources stewardship activities this spring. A grant from the Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund helps support Earth Day in the Parks. 

IDNR at Deer and Turkey Expo:  Visit with IDNR staff at the 2015 Illinois Deer and Turkey Expo on Feb. 20-22 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.  Buy 2015 licenses, deer and turkey pins, photos for FOID applications, and learn about upcoming hunting seasons.  For more information on the expo:  www.deerinfo.com/illinois

Super Saturdays at the Museum:  The �Super Saturdays� event at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on Sat., Feb. 14 is �North in the Night: The Underground Railroad� from 11 a.m. � 3 p.m.  The Underground Railroad included routes through Springfield.  For more information on the free event, call 217-782-6044.  The Illinois State Museum is located in the State Capitol Complex in downtown Springfield. 

Junior Collector�s Day:  The Illinois State Museum in Springfield presents its Junior Collector�s Day on Sat., Feb. 21 from 1-3 p.m.  Explore the collections of area children and teens. Collections include rocks and minerals, coins, toys, and more. Children between the ages of 8 and 15 can display a collection and meet other young collectors. There is no fee, but registration is required by Feb. 16. Call 217-782-0061. 

Camping Reservations:  Make your reservation now for campsites and shelters for many IDNR sites for 2014.  Reservations can be made online through the ReserveAmerica website at www.reserveamerica.com using a Visa or MasterCard.   For more information, check the IDNR website at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/Programs/Camping/

Emiquon Science Conference:  The Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown will host the annual Emiquon Science Conference on Thurs., Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. � 5 p.m. This year�s conference title is �Emiquon Science 2015: River Floodplain Restoration and Connection.� The conference will feature presentations and a panel discussion about the controlled connection of Emiquon to the Illinois River. Registration is required to accommodate all participants in the Museum's auditorium. The $10 registration fee covers lunch and refreshments.  For registration information, go to the Emiquon Partnership webpage at www.experienceemiquon.com  (phone 217-520-9359 or email lbenedic@uis.edu).

Weekend Knap-In:  Visit the Dickson Mounds Museum for a Weekend Knap-In on Feb. 28-March 1. The public is welcome to view flintknapping demonstrations and learn about the different techniques used by craftsmen with stone tool creations.  The free event is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.  For more information, phone 309-547-3721.

Artifact Identification Day:  Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown hosts an Artifact Identification Day on Sun., March 1 from 10 a.m. � 4 p.m.  Museum staff and other experts will be available to identify artifacts, rocks, fossils, animal bones, and other artifacts.  Dickson Mounds Museum is located at 10956 North Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown, IL 61542.

Dickson Mounds Kids Day:  Bring the kids to the Dickson Mounds Museum in Fulton Co. on Sat., March 7 for �Wild about Animals in Illinois� � a special event featuring live animals from the Peoria Park District�s ZooMobile.  Hours are 1-3 p.m. with the ZooMobile presentation at 2 p.m.  For more information, phone 309-547-3721. 

Follow the IDNR:  Keep up to date with events and information on outdoor recreation and natural resources in Illinois through IDNR postings on Facebook and Twitter.  Links to IDNR Facebook and Twitter updates can be found through the homepage at www.dnr.illinois.gov.
 
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