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Learn about bobcats at Feb. 16 lecture at forest preserve

The Byron Forest Preserve District will be hosting the second of its 2020 Winter Lecture Series on Sunday, Feb. 16 starting at 2 p.m. at the Jarrett Prairie Center Museum located at 7993 North River Road, Byron.

Jennifer Kuroda, founder of the Illinois Bobcat Foundation, will cover every facet of the elusive cats, including history, biology, predator perception and management and will speak about the ongoing bobcat population study by Dr. Christopher Jacques at Western Illinois University.

Bobcats, named for their short, bobbed tails, are about twice the size of a common house cat. They use their keen sight and hearing to hunt rabbits, squirrels, small rodents and some birds.

They are mostly nocturnal, reclusive animals that prefer forested or wooded areas. Once hunted almost to extinction in the Midwest, bobcats have been making a comeback in recent years.

This lecture is free and no advance registration is required to attend.

For more information contact the Byron Forest Preserve District at 815 234-8535 extension 200.

The 2020 Winter Lecture Series is co-sponsored by Exelon Generation Byron Station and the award winning Jarrett Prairie Center Museum.