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Ogle County Newspapers / • Friday, April 26, 2019





Prairie chickens will be topic at PPSOC banquet

Rock Hounding Hike at Bald Hill is May 4 The Byron Forest Preserve District will have a special Rock Hounding Hike on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Bald Hill Prairie Preserve at 5502 North Silver Creek Road, Mt. Morris. Bald Hill is composed of more than 150 feet of deposits from the last glacier to cover part of Illinois 20,000 years ago. The ice carried and rolled the bedrock from the Great Lakes Basin, and when it melted, much of the material was washed into the Rock River and over the land to the west. Since then, rain has washed many of these rocks into the many gulleys on this property and we have found amazing specimens of quartz, jasper, limonite, geodes, and even float copper. “If you are a rock hound, then this is the hike for you,” said Mark Herman, superintendent of education. “Participants should be prepared to hike at least 1.5 miles over rough terrain and dress for the weather.

Fossils like this one can be found at a special Rock Hounding Hike on Saturday, May 4 at the Bald Hill Prairie Preserve at 5502 North Silver Creek Road, Mt. Morris. Photo supplied We will have a four-wheel utility vehicle for transporting our finds as we walk, but bring your own bag of bucket.” This free program is for ages 8 and up and advance registration is required as participant space is limited by calling the Byron Forest Preserve District at 815 234-8535 extension 200 by Thursday, May 2.

of the protected bird. The Prairie PreserThe spring mating vation Society of Ogle ritual, in which the County’s annual banmale bird stomps his quet will be held on feet, raises his “ear Sunday, April 28 at feathers,” jumps, the Lorado Taft Field cackles, and whines, Campus, 1414 N. River will be described.  Rd., Oregon. He inflates the A social hour with bright orange air sacs book and native plant on the side of his head sales and a silent aucand calls a low and tion from 5 to 6 p.m. resonant whoo doo will be followed by a zhoo.  meal (either turkey This annual spring with the works or mating ritual, known vegetarian Moroccan Peggy Farrell, stew) at 6 p.m. and a Environmental Educator and as “booming,” is an program at 7 p.m. Outreach Specialist at The equal treat for the eye and ear.  The program this University of Wisconsin, Tickets are $25 for year will focus on praiwill speak April 28. adults and $12.50 for rie chickens by Peggy children. Advance Farrell, Environmenregistration is essental Educator and Outreach Specialist at the University tial. To purchase tickets or for more of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  She will present photos, facts, information, call 815-973-4926 or stories and videos to tell the status email

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The Family of Thomas Kenney wishes to extend a heartfelt appreciation to all of his and our many friends. We have been blessed by the many thoughtful act and kind expressions of empathy. Special acknowledgement and appreciation to Father Joseph Naill and Deacon John Ley of St. Mary's Church. We also sincerely thank our Lori Kenney and McDonald Funeral Home for all of their special care. God's blessing to you and all of your loved ones. John, Lydia, and Family.



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