Executive Committee Meeting
Board of Directors Meeting
Business After Hours, hosted by TBA
Chamber members and guests are invited to join us for an evening of networking, food, activities, and a 50/50 raffle hosted by a member business.
Grassland Bird Survival
Fox Ridge is offering several opportunities throughout the summer to share research being done through Eastern Illinois University with the local community, bringing them together in the natural space of the state park.
The next in this series of outdoor education programs will be Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at 6 pm in the White Pines Pavilion of Fox Ridge State Park, featuring Matt Kneitel, a graduate student in the Biological Sciences department. His work focuses on how nest site vegetation structure affects success for grassland nesting birds, which he describes in further detail below:
“Grasslands are an important ecosystem with many unique species and can be home to a vibrant variety of birds. However, with small patch sizes, it can be easier for predators to locate a nest than in large expanses. I focused on the survival of nests in grasslands managed by the IDNR to see if the height of a nest plays an important role in determining the chances of a successful nest. By doing vegetation surveys, I hope to determine whether certain vegetation compositions are more favorable than others, and if these can predict the location of a nest within the substrate. By manipulating the height of American goldfinch nests, a bird that nests much higher than other grassland nesters, I hope to determine a nest height where predators become less of an issue to these birds.”