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Aerial waterfowl census discussion Feb. 20

February 09, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Aaron Yetter, waterfowl ecologist at the prestigious Illinois Natural History Survey’s Forbes Biological Station near Havana, will discuss aerial inventories of waterfowl on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 10 a.m. in the Dickson Mounds Museum.  According to information provided by the Forbes Station: “Aerial inventories of waterfowl abundance, species composition, and distribution have been conducted throughout Illinois during fall, winter, and spring migrations since 1948. The massive amount of data provided has vastly improved our understanding of the chronology of migration, the effects of refuges, the value of wetlands, and the distribution of waterfowl in Illinois.”  The presentation is sponsored by the Emiquon Corps of Discovery.

The late Dr. Frank C. Bellrose, a renowned expert on North American waterfowl, initiated aerial inventories in the fall of 1946; he noted that the time required to inventory the Illinois Valley was reduced from a week to a day and that a large part of the Mississippi Valley could be included in the one-day flight.  Since 1948, waterfowl aerial inventories have been conducted by the Illinois Natural History Survey.

The Emiquon Corps of Discovery was formed to document the restoration of the Thompson and Flag lakes and surrounding landscape and to promote environmental awareness.  Inspired by the Lewis and Clark expedition and created by the Illinois Natural History Survey, the Emiquon Corps is comprised of volunteers who record the on-going transformation of the landscape through a variety of artistic expression and science.  For more information about the Corps of Discovery please contact Bill Whitehouse at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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