Rare native plants of Illinois
Sunday, March 24th the Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County will present a program on endangered native plant species in our area. The program takes place at 2pm at the Kickapoo Center located at 1919 N. Limekiln Rd. Oregon. The program is free and open to the public and children are welcome with an adult. Light refreshments will be served after the program.
Pail Marcum, a botanist at the Illinois Natural History Survey on the campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign, will make the presentation. Marcum is the Assistant Project Leader for Botany with the Illinois Natural History Survey Wetland Science Program. He coordinates activities within the group, conducts environmental surveys throughout Illinois and is an expert on Illinois natural areas and rare species. He has served on the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board’s Endangered Species Technical Advisory Committee for plants for the past ten years.
Nearly 20% of Illinois’ over 2000 native species are either gone from the state or are threatened or endangered. Marcum’s presentation will explain why they are in trouble and what we might do to help them. Come and learn about these treasures. Maybe you have some in your back yard.
The program is free and open to the public. Children are welcome with an adult. Light refreshments will be served after the program. Please join us for an interesting afternoon. Your visits to our parks and preserves will be much more interesting after hearing the information and seeing photos of the beautiful plants that are our legacy.
For more information, phone 815-973-4624 or 815- 238-2683.