Events & Activities

Hummingbirds – Winged Jewels 
Saturday, March 23, 1-3pm 
Location: Cache River Wetlands Center 
Get ready for the spring migration of hummingbirds by learning how to prepare your yard or garden for their arrival. The right habitat will supply these jewels of the sky with enough food and nesting opportunities that they will make their home in your neighborhood.

Questions, call the Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.

Beginning Birding Basics 

Saturday, March 30, 9-11am 

Location: Cache River Wetlands Center 

Need help in how to tell one red bird, or one blue bird, or one yellow bird from another? This program by Master Naturalist Anne Parmley will concentrate on the field marks and sounds of birds commonly found in southern Illinois. An optional hike will follow, weather permitting.


Questions, call the Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.

A Shape in Time and Space

Sunday, April 7, 1:30-2:30pm

Location: Cache River Wetlands Center

Retired archaeologist and author Michael McNerney traces the history of the necked discoid gravemarker, which appears in 41 cemeteries in 12 counties of southern Illinois.


Questions, call the Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.

Senior Van Tour via Tunnel Hill State Trail

Thursday, April 11, various departure times

Location: Cache River Wetlands Center

Explore the wildlife, spring flowers, history and hydrology of the Cache River Watershed on this guided van tour for seniors and persons with physical limitations. The tour will explore a section of the Tunnel Hill State Trail between the Cache River Wetlands Center and Vienna. 

For departure times and required reservation, please call the Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.

Nature Movie Night: Whooping Crane

Thursday, April 11, matinee 2-3pm, evening 6-7pm

Location: Cache River Wetlands Center

The whooping crane is a very rare bird. In 1941, only 15 remained in the last wild flock in North America. In 2004, ten chicks from an artificial breeding program were chosen as pioneers to start a new flock. This month’s film, the NATURE program Flight School, tells their story.


Questions, call the Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.

Introduction to Citizen Science

Friday, April 12, 9:30am-2pm

Location: Cache River Wetlands Center

Do you enjoy making observations in nature and want to share them with others, but don’t know where to start? Join Erin Medvecz from University of Illinois Extension to learn about available citizen scientist opportunities and how to collect and share data. Programs covered include Project Budburst, I-TICK (Illinois Tick Inventory Network), Wild Spotter or EDDMaps (Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System), Project FeederWatch or eBird, and CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Show  Network). Note: this list is subject to change. The day will include indoor and outdoor     components. Please bring a sack lunch.

Questions, call the Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.



Home Sweet Home

Saturday, April 27, 1-3pm

Location: Cache River Wetlands Center

Share in the excitement of birds taking up residence in your yard by examining the construction of birds’ nests. Learn how to build an easily constructed nesting box to install on your property, and learn about other nesting box designs to encourage a variety of bird species to your landscape.


Questions, call the Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.