Conklin Preserve and the Adjacent Carleton Easements

Field Notes from Executive Director Alan Branhagen On Friday, October 27, 2023 NLI Stewardship Director Zach Grycan, Restoration Ecologist Tyler Pellegrini, and NLI Volunteer Martin Kehoe led me through a site visit of the Richard Conklin Preserve and its adjacent...

Nicor Gas Grant Helps Care for the Land

We are grateful and pleased to announce that we have received a grant from Nicor Gas in the amount of $9,997.60 that will help care for the land at two of our properties: Lind-McGeachie Preserve and William and Gayle Keefer Nature Reserve. The funds will be used for...

Ruff is a First for Nygren Wetland Preserve and Winnebago County

On Tuesday, August 15, we were notified that a Ruff was seen in the big marsh at Nygren Wetland Preserve. Our Exeuctive Director, Alan Branhagen, was able to go there right away to check it out. Thank you to Barbara Williams who identified it and let us know. Many...

Fran Harty Receives the 2022 George and Barbara Fell Award

Natural Land Institute was pleased to present the George and Barbara Fell Award to Fran Harty at the Party on the Prairie Rocks fundraiser held at Nygren Wetland Preserve (Rockton, Ill.) on July 16, 2022. The award recognized outstanding leadership and accomplishments...

Ed Foster Conservation@Home

Cup plant, compass plant, rosinweed, senna, butterflyweed, and the largest lead plant (call Guinness!) I’ve ever seen greeted me as I walked up to Ed Foster’s door. Centered in the front yard of an average-sized Rockford city lot, Ed’s “island” of native plants...

Paige Fitton and son Billy Conservation@Home

Natural Land Institute had an opportunity to certify the Fitton’s yard with beautiful natural landscaping for the Conservation@Home program in July. When you notice the native grass like little bluestem and the native butterflyweed growing, it becomes very inviting...
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