Events & Activities

Annual Christmas Bird Count

Monday, December 16, 6am-sunset

Location: Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge

This annual all-day census of early winter bird populations has been conducted by thousands of volunteers throughout the U.S. for more than 100 years, resulting in the longest-running database in ornithology. The Audubon Society and other organizations use data collected in this census to assess the health of bird populations; so, by participating, you’ll be making a tangible contribution to bird conservation efforts. All ages and skill levels welcome.                                                                                                                                                                   Questions, call Cypress Creek at 618-634-2231.

Grantsburg Swamp Ecological Area Cleanup

Saturday, February 22, 12:30pm - 4:00pm

Location: Dixon Springs Agricultural Center


Join us in cleaning up southern Illinois' unique natural areas! Help reduce pollution that  harms wildlife and plants and diminishes the natural beauty of our region. Participants will meet at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, then Carpool to the Grantsburg Swamp site along Flat Woods Road. Trash bags, gloves, and grabbers will be provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather. 


Please contact Kevin Rohling to pre-register at 618-695-3383 or krohling@illinois.edu