FPWC Headquarters Despite its nickname, the “Prairie State” now has less than 0.01% of its pre-European settlement prairie. This dramatic loss of northern Illinois original landscape has had a devastating impact on the birds that depend on them. Learn about the importance of our local restored prairies and grasslands to migrating and nesting grassland bird species. Jennifer Kuroda, president of Sinnissippi Audubon, will give an overview on the status of our native grassland birds and announce a new monitoring program to collect data on what species we have in the forest preserves. Become a citizen scientist and support Audubon’s and FPWC’s conservation efforts designed to halt population declines of grassland birds. Pre-register for this session on the event calendar at winnebagoforest.org no later than Thursday, March 21st if you wish to reserve a printed copy of the instructional materials at the event. Walk-ins are always welcome, though space is limited. This session is free and open to anyone interested in learning about grassland birds; however, those interested in volunteering as official FPWC bird monitors will need to attend this training. Contact our volunteer coordinator via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (815) 877-6100 for more information. FREE!