Learn how to grow a native garden to attract – and feed – birds in the backyard of the home during the Forest Sustainable District of the County “Bird Feeding without Food” Webinar Zoom at 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. (Photo by Paul Dacko)

The following are some of the Forest Preserve Forest of County County programs that are online and immediately offered in February. Registration is available through the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. The zoom link will be sent via email when registered. The mask should be used for indoor and outdoor programs.

History at Home: Mardi Gras

6 pm Tuesday, February 16, zoom webinar. Free, age 16 or older. 815.886.1467

Celebrate Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday” with the Forest Preservation District by enjoying the history of this unique celebration. The program will explore the origins of French celebrations and traditions ranging from masks to beads. So, hug in front of the computer and grab a slice of King Cake while taking in the history of Mardi Gras. Registration is required.
Outside Species: Tortoises – Virtual Home School & Remote Learning Program

10 a.m. Wednesday, February 17, and Thursday, February 18, Zoom webinar. Free, for students in grades 3-8. 815.886.1467

Students will learn about a locally endangered species, the Blanding turtle, by meeting one of the Forest Conservation District animal ambassadors at the Isle la Cache Museum. They will find special adaptations that can help these semi-aquatic turtles survive and how the species can be endangered. Students will also learn what they can do to help an endangered species. Registration is required.

Feeding Birds Without Feeding

7 a.m. Thursday, February 18, Zoom Webinar. Free, age 16 or older. 708.946.2216

How do birds eat seeds before they are eaten? A presentation on restoring the original landscape in your yard explains how useful it is for our native birds. The original landscape of the Forest Sustainable District will be displayed for inspiration. And the birds agree – no more early to plan the garden original. Information will be provided on the source of the original plant. Registration is required.

Eat Birds of prey for Beginners

9.00 Wednesday, February 24, zoom webinar. Free, all ages. 815.722.9470

Like other animals, birds differ in their variety of food. This Forest Preservation District program will help you find a new feeder or food that will bring your favorite birds to your yard. Take a look at other feeders differently and learn how to create the dream bird paradise that fits your spring migration. Registration is required.

Leaves Through Time Book Club

6: 30-8 pm Wednesday, February 24, Museum Isle a la Cache, Romeoville. Free, age 21 or older. 815.886.1467

Join the Forest Preservation District on the fourth Wednesday of this month to discuss important fiction or non-fiction works that help connect us with natural and cultural history. The “Leafing Through Time Book Club” series in the winter is BYOB (please beer or wine). The novel for February is “The Night Watchman” by National Book Award winning author Louise Erdrich. The story is based on the extraordinary life of Erdrich’s grandfather, who worked as a night watchman and fought against the expulsion of natives from rural North Dakota to Washington, D.C. required on Tuesday, February 23rd.

Breakfast with Birds

Friday morning, February 26, Zoom webinar. Free, all ages. 815.886.1467

This is a special opportunity to watch the birds at the location of the Forest Sustainable District from a cozy home. Sign up for live streaming via Zoom to see the birds on the beautiful Isle a la Cache. The camera will be a very active bird feeder. Naturalis will be at the back, sharing information about what you know as well as how you can turn your yard into a winter bird paradise. So, grab breakfast and coffee when you sign up for Zoom for this relaxing program. Registration is required.

Chile Sup-er: Walk to the Bridge Series

1-3 nights Saturday, February 27, Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete. Free, age 10 or older. 708.946.2216

What’s more fun in the winter than a long walk to soak up your blood and then burn it with a campfire with your favorite food? Strap on hiking boots, bring your favorite cup and soup (non-creamy) or chili. Forest Conservation District staff will have two pots on fire – one for chili and the other for soup to increase your donation. We will be relieved when we open the bridge! Upon return, taste the hot food mug that is heated over an open fire. Due to the nature of the program, we are unable to enforce food restrictions.
Learn how to grow a native garden to attract – and feed – birds in the backyard of the home during the Forest Sustainable District of the County “Bird Feeding without Food” Webinar Zoom at 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. (Photo by Paul Dacko)

The following are some of the Forest Preserve Forest of County County programs that are online and immediately offered in February. Registration is available through the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. The zoom link will be sent via email when registered. The mask should be used for indoor and outdoor programs.

History at Home: Mardi Gras

6 pm Tuesday, February 16, zoom webinar. Free, age 16 or older. 815.886.1467

Celebrate Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday” with the Forest Preservation District by enjoying the history of this unique celebration. The program will explore the origins of French celebrations and traditions ranging from masks to beads. So, hug in front of the computer and grab a slice of King Cake while taking in the history of Mardi Gras. Registration is required.

Outside Species: Tortoises – Virtual Home School & Remote Learning Program

10 a.m. Wednesday, February 17, and Thursday, February 18, Zoom webinar. Free, for students in grades 3-8. 815.886.1467

Students will learn about a locally endangered species, the Blanding turtle, by meeting one of the Forest Conservation District animal ambassadors at the Isle la Cache Museum. They will find special adaptations that can help these semi-aquatic turtles survive and how the species can be endangered. Students will also learn what they can do to help an endangered species. Registration is required.
Feeding Birds Without Feeding

7 a.m. Thursday, February 18, Zoom Webinar. Free, age 16 or older. 708.946.2216

How do birds eat seeds before they are eaten? A presentation on restoring the original landscape in your yard explains how useful it is for our native birds. The original landscape of the Forest Sustainable District will be displayed for inspiration. And the birds agree – no more early to plan the garden original. Information will be provided on the source of the original plant. Registration is required.

Eat Birds of prey for Beginners

9.00 Wednesday, February 24, zoom webinar. Free, all ages. 815.722.9470

Like other animals, birds differ in their variety of food. This Forest Preservation District program will help you find a new feeder or food that will bring your favorite birds to your yard. Take a look at other feeders differently and learn how to create the dream bird paradise that fits your spring migration. Registration is required.

Leaves Through Time Book Club

6: 30-8 pm Wednesday, February 24, Museum Isle a la Cache, Romeoville. Free, age 21 or older. 815.886.1467

Join the Forest Preservation District on the fourth Wednesday of this month to discuss important fiction or non-fiction works that help connect us with natural and cultural history. The “Leafing Through Time Book Club” series in the winter is BYOB (please beer or wine). The novel for February is “The Night Watchman” by National Book Award winning author Louise Erdrich. The story is based on the extraordinary life of Erdrich’s grandfather, who worked as a night watchman and fought against the expulsion of natives from rural North Dakota to Washington, D.C. required on Tuesday, February
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Breakfast with Birds

Friday morning, February 26, Zoom webinar. Free, all ages. 815.886.1467

This is a special opportunity to watch the birds at the location of the Forest Sustainable District from a cozy home. Sign up for live streaming via Zoom to see the birds on the beautiful Isle a la Cache. The camera will be a very active bird feeder. Naturalis will be at the back, sharing information about what you know as well as how you can turn your yard into a winter bird paradise. So, grab breakfast and coffee when you sign up for Zoom for this relaxing program. Registration is required.

Chile Sup-er: Walk to the Bridge Series

1-3 nights Saturday, February 27, Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete. Free, age 10 or older. 708.946.2216

What’s more fun in the winter than a long walk to soak up your blood and then burn it with a campfire with your favorite food? Strap on hiking boots, bring your favorite cup and soup (non-creamy) or chili. Forest Conservation District staff will have two pots on fire – one for chili and the other for soup to increase your donation. We will be relieved when we open the bridge! Upon return, taste the hot food mug that is heated over an open fire. Due to the nature of the program, we are unable to enforce food restrictions.

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