Upcoming Events

We ask participants to register for Clifftop-sponsored events so that we may contact you should weather or other circumstances cause a cancellation or postponement, and, in the case of seminars and workshops, so that we are able to have sufficient materials prepared for you. Registration information and deadlines are included with event descriptions.

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This event has been cancelled due to the ongoing restrictions in numbers of people allowed to be assembled because of the threat of spreading COVID-19.  March 28, 2020, 11am – 1pm Seminar: Bobcat: Illinois’ Native Cat, Monroe County Annex, 901 Illinois Avenue, Waterloo, IL. Bobcats, named for their short, bobbed tail, are about twice the size of a common house cat.  They use their keen sight and hearing to hunt rabbits, squirrels, small rodents and some birds.  They are mostly nocturnal, reclusive animals that prefer forested or wooded areas.  Once hunted almost to extinction in the Midwest, bobcats have been making a comeback over the past 40 years.

Jennifer Kuroda, founder of the Illinois Bobcat Foundation, will present this interesting program.  In this talk, Jennifer will cover every facet of the elusive cats, including history, biology, predator perception and management.  She will also include information about the ongoing bobcat population study by Dr. Chris Jacques at Western Illinois University.  This event is free and open to the public.  Register to attend by contacting 618-935-2542 or cliffmbr@htc.net by March 26. 


Please save the following dates and then check back with us for detailed program and field trip information for more events!

April 11, 9am – noon, Field Trip: Spring Wildflower Walk, Salt Lick Point Land and Water Reserve, Valmeyer.

April 16, 7 – 9pm, Seminar: Birding 101, SWIC auditorium, Red Bud Campus

April 18, 7:30 – 9:30am, Field Trip: Birding 101, Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve, Fults

May 16, 10am – 2pm, Members’ Day, Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve, Fults

Monthly prairie hikes, June 13, July 18, August 8 and September 5, all beginning at 9am, Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve, Fults

June 13, 8 – 10pm, Field Trip: Fireflies and Other Critters of the Night, Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve, Fults

July 11, 8am start, Prairie Wildflower Trail Run, Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve, Fults

September 12, 11am – 1pm, Seminar: Cicadas of Illinois: New Discoveries and Our Local Soundscapes, Monroe County Annex, Waterloo

October 24, 9pm – midnight, Field Trip: Orionids Meteor Shower, Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve, Fults.

November 14, (time tbd), Autumn Art for Kids, Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve, Fults

Except when noted, all programs and field trips are free and open to the public.

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