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Cycling club

The McLean County Wheelers will host their first meeting of the year at 7 p.m. Monday at the Normal Public Library. The agenda includes plans for the club's annual Spring Metric, normally held in June and based at McLean County Comlara Park.

Down to earth

The Illinois Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones aims to help answer your landscaping questions at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Ave. Wild Ones members and others will be available at six stations with information on easy-to-grow natives for both sun and shade; best places, including local nurseries, to buy native plants; plants not to buy; attracting wildlife with native plantings; and critter control: how to protect your native plants from damage. The program will conclude with a question-and-answer session and refreshments. The program is free and open to the public.

Jump start

The Lake Run Club is hosting two programs to prepare runners for the annual Lake Run at Lake Bloomington May 5. Ride the Wave is for experienced runners who can run 3.1 miles, or 5 kilometers, comfortably. Catch the Wave is for beginners or people returning to the sport. Sign up for either program online at www.lakerunclub.org or visit Often Running/Vitesse Cycle in Normal from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The 10-week programs meet on Wednesdays beginning Feb. 22 at G.E. Park in Bloomington. Ride the Wave starts at 5:15 p.m. Catch the Wave begins at 5:45 p.m.

Illinois birds

Jeff Walk, the director of science for the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, will talk about "Illinois Birds: A Century of Change," at 7 p.m. Thursday in CNS C101 on the Illinois Wesleyan campus. The presentation is based on the book of the same name Walk and his ornithologist colleagues published in 2010. From 1906-1909, Stephen Forbes, Alfred Gross and Howard Ray conducted the first quantitative bird survey in North America, documenting the numbers of all species they observed in all habitats across Illinois. Richard and Jean Graber repeated the study from 1956-1958, and Dr. Walk and his colleagues replicated their efforts from 2006-2008.

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