War Bluff Valley Stewardship Day

work day at war bluffStewarship Day at War Bluff Valley Sanctuary is the 2nd Saturday of each month. Stewardship Day is a great way to see the Sanctuary, meet new friends, get some exercise, and enjoy the great outdoors. Meet at the Sanctuary around 10 a.m. Bring work gloves and a sack lunch. Water, coffee, soft drinks and snacks are provided.

Occasionally, Stewardship Day is cancelled due to weather or other circumstances — it’s always a good idea to call in advance for information about the upcoming Stewardship Day–contact War Bluff Valley Sanctuary at 618-683-2222 or email.

Directions to War Bluff Valley Sanctuary:  Follow Rte 146 north out of Golconda for 3.5 miles to Bushwhack Road; turn left; follow Bushwhack for 2.2 miles to Sanctuary entrance on right; follow driveway past caretaker’s house all the way back to Kestrel Hall located in the metal pole barn.


War Bluff Valley Christmas Bird Count


Count Compiler: Ann Douglas . 618-564-2079

Volunteer citizen scientists are needed for this year’s War Bluff Valley Christmas Bird Count. In other words, you’re needed! There is a specific methodology to a CBC, but everyone can participate. If you are a beginning birder you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. In addition, if your home is within the boundaries of a Count Circle, then you can stay home and report the birds that visit your feeder once you have arranged to do so with Ann.

There is a $5 fee to participate in the CBC for all field participants aged 19 or older. No fee for feeder counters.

The WBVS count circle is a 15-mile diameter circle in Pope County with Rising Sun at its center.

Turkeys, Bobwhite, and Grassland Birds in Illinois

wild turkeyStudies of Avian Ecology and Conservation: Turkeys, Bobwhite, and Grassland Birds in Illinois

Carbondale Township Hall . 217 E. Main Street

Dr. Clay Nielsen, an Assistant Professor with the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory and Department of Forestry at SIUC, will discuss 3 research projects he is conducting on avian ecology and conservation in Illinois.  These studies focus on turkey response to prescribed fire, genetics of northern bobwhite, and the effects of CRP management on grassland birds.