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Birds, Fishing, and The Red Goddesses Of Cahokia

With the weather warming up, it's time to start getting back outdoors and into nature. The Champaign County Forest Preserve is back with great family friendly options.
Summer Day Camps
http://ccfpd.org/Education/SummerYouthPrograms.html
Programs run June 10 – July 25
Homer Lake Forest Preserve and Lake of the Woods
Nature ~ History ~ Gardening ~ Archaeology ~ Golf
Registration is now open
New this year – Shutterbugs: Kids’ Cameras in Nature

Saturday, May 10
6th ANNUAL BIRD MIGRATION FESTIVAL
Salt Fork Center & Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Rd, Homer
•Mist Netting Demonstration: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Interpretive Center
•Main Event & Live Raptors: 1 – 4 p.m., Salt Fork Center
Bring your family and friends to Homer Lake to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and experience the sensations of spring! We will have live raptors (birds of prey), crafts, hikes, and more. Storyteller Kathleen Brinkman will perform from 2 – 3 p.m. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

Friday, May 16
BIRD HIKE
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Rd, Homer, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Join a naturalist to look for migrating birds, including warblers, orioles, waterfowl, and other species commonly found at Homer Lake. Novice and experienced birders alike are welcome. Binoculars provided, or bring your own. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

Sunday, May 18
THE RED GODDESSES OF CAHOKIA
Dr. Tom Emerson, Director and State Archaeologist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard, Mahomet, 2 p.m.
Beautifully detailed, exquisitely carved red stone, primarily female figurines which date to the 12th century A.D. have been discovered in the Cahokia area of southwestern Illinois. The figurines project a range of themes including the Underworld, regeneration, and fertility through the depiction of female deities, plants (vines, flowers, and fruits), serpents, and mythical underwater monsters. Dr. Emerson and colleagues have conducted research into the source of the rare stone, known as flint clay from eastern Missouri near St Louis, used to manufacture these figurines. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or vhall@ccfpd.org.

Saturday, May 24
TAKE ME FISHING
Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 CR 2700 E, Penfield, 9 – 11 a.m.
Bring your family and friends out to the forest preserves for some free fishing fun! Kids will have the chance to win awards for the Most Fish, the Biggest Fish, and the Good Sport Award! Basic fishing instruction will be available to beginners. Cane poles and bait are available to use, but you are welcome to bring your own. The Illinois fishing license requirement has been waived for this event; all fishing is catch-and-release. Adult supervision of children is required. All activities are FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org


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