Outdoor 411 for Mar. 18, 2012.
John Wesley Powell chapter of the Audubon Society is sponsoring a presentation by Stanley A. Temple, senior fellow at the Aldo Leopold Foundation, at 7 p,m. March 21 in CNS C101 on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus. Temple will talk on “Aldo Leopold, Phenology and Climate Change.” Aldo Leopold, best known as the author of “A Sand County Almanac,” was a keen observer of the natural world. Leopold’s meticulous phenological observations have provided us with an unparalleled record of when plants bloomed, birds migrated and other natural events. Comparing his observations to recent records helps us understand how climate change is affecting the ecological community. This talk is supported by the Beach Lewis fund of the IWU Biology Department.
Let’s go camping
Now’s the time to make campsite and shelter reservations for many Illinois Department of Natural Resources camp sites online at www.reserveamerica.com. For more information, check the IDNR website at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/camping/camprsvp.htm.
Uncle Sam wants you
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for volunteers to adopt flowerbeds and trails, clean facilities and pick up litter within the campgrounds at Lake Shelbyville. In return, volunteers may receive free camping for every four hours of volunteer service within a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed campground at Lake Shelbyville. Several flowerbeds are available for adoption. Volunteers who adopt flowerbeds are responsible for keeping the flowerbeds looking nice. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide plants, garden tools, gloves and other necessary equipment. Groups or individuals can adopt a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hiking trail or section of a trail. Contact Park Ranger Annie Hickman at 217-774-3951, extension 7007.
The popular 4-H Fish Camp, a weekend filled with fun and facts on fishing in Central Illinois, is open to any adult/child team interested in learning more about fishing. Fishing professionals, fisheries biologists and University of Illinois Extension staff lead programs to begin or enhance your fishing skills. Learn more about how to catch largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and channel catfish. Fishing tips, new lures, bait, equipment, knots, fish behavior, fish management and cooking will be included in the program. Each adult may attend camp with up to three youth campers at least 8 years old. 4-H membership is not required. Fish Camp will be on the weekend of May 12-13 at 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. A $49 fee per person covers the complete program, lodging and four meals. Preregistration is required at 217-762-2741.