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Blanding’s Turtles to be topic Feb. 25 in lecture series

The Byron Forest Preserve District’s 2018 Winter Lecture Series will continue on Sunday, Feb. 25 starting at 2 p.m. at the Jarrett Prairie Center in Byron with “Our Rare Blanding’s Turtles: There is Nothing Bland About Them.”

Callie Klatt Golba, master’s student at Northern Illinois University will talk about her work with Blanding’s turtles in Lake County, Illinois and the nearby Nachusa Grasslands. 

Blanding’s Turtles, best known for their bright yellow chin and wide smile, are globally endangered semi-aquatic turtles, with a geographic distribution centered around the Great Lakes.

Learn more about these unique turtles and the exciting conservation efforts taking place in Illinois. A live Blanding’s turtle will be part of the program.

This is a free one-hour lecture and no advance registration is required to attend. For more information contact  the Byron Forest Preserve District at 815 234-8535 extension 200 or visit

Upcoming lecture topics are:

March 4: Stephen T. Mather: Saving America’s Scenic Wonders

Chicago actor R. J. Lindsey will portray Stephen T. Mather, founding director of the National Park Service and tell his dramatic story of saving the parks from congressional neglect, ruthless loggers and greedy developers.

During Mather’s tenure, the national park system nearly doubled in size and more Americans visited them than ever before. This entertaining program will feature stunning photographs of our park lands and the wildlife that have been saved over the past 100+ years.

March 11: Conducting a Woodland Prescribed Burn: Using Fire to Save Our Native Oak Ecosystems

Russell Brunner, Superintendent of Land Management at the Byron Forest Preserve District will talk about the importance of using fire to protect our native woodlands.

Controlled burns are just as important in our region’s oak ecosystems as they are to our prairies. He will discuss why this is and how to safely go about conducting this vital management tool.

The five week 2018 Winter Lecture Series is co-sponsored by Exelon and the Byron Forest Preserve District.

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