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Board a pontoon research vessel Saturday morning and take a trip on the Mississippi River with Western Illinois University staff and students to experience and discuss the history and ecology of an area in Hancock County comprised of mature upland and floodplain woodlands, xeric sand prairies, limestone bluffs, hill prairies and 3 miles of river shoreline. The group will have the opportunity for hands-on observations of macroinvertebrates, freshwater mussels and aquatic vegetation in Pool 19. Lunch to be served onboard.
In the afternoon we will lock through Lock and Dam 19 and contrast the two different pools in terms of hydrology and fauna. An electrofishing demonstration is planned, which will allow for the opportunity to see native and introduced fish species. Before dinner, hear about the history of Kibbe Field Station, located near Warsaw, and about current graduate research projects.
On Sunday morning, learn about the trumpeter Swans and observe them at Trumpeter Marsh. Angella Moorehouse, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, will present a program on local insects before leading a hike to search for specimens on the sand prairie. The program will end shortly before noon.
Trip Leaders: Jim Lamer and Cindy Owsley
Cost of trip includes snacks, water, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday continental breakfast.
Lodging at Kibbe Field Station: Accommodations are available in the field station. $10/night, bunk-beds. Shower available but guests must provide all linens. Tent only camping is also available fr $10/night. Campers may use shower facilities inside the field station.