Facebook Live Videos

Natural Land Institute will present Facebook Live events ranging in length from 20 – 30 minutes and afterwards will post the recorded video here. We hope you enjoy the various topics and locations in the coming months.

Click here to watch the video about the Anne Meyer Prairie Garden at Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton, Ill. Thank you to Mark Luthin for hosting it on Wed., July 22, 2020.

On Wed., July 29, we held a Facebook Live event about Bluebird Monitoring at Nygren Wetland Preserve. Thank you to the Bluebird Monitors who hosted this video, Tricia and Vesta. Watch it here.

Wed., Aug. 12, Zach Grycan (NLI Director of Stewardship) and Mark Luthin (NLI Trustee) hosted the Facebook Live event, Getting Ready for Fall Migration, at the wildlife overlook at Nygren Wetland Preserve.They discussed what you can see now and in the coming months during migration at the wetland including birds, insects and mammals. Watch it here. Thank you Mark and Zach for hosting!

Friday, Sep. 18, 10 a.m. On the Boardwalk at Lost Flora Fen, hosted by Tyler Pellegrini (NLI Restoration Ecologist). Watch it here.

Friday, Sep. 25, 10 a.m. at Harvesting Seeds at Pecatonica Ridge Prairie, hosted by Laura Helmich (NLI Stewardship Technician). Laura shows us how to collect seeds and shares the history of this preserve. Click here to watch the video.


 

Take a virtual tour of Lost Flora Fen

NLI’s Restoration Ecologist Tyler Pellegrini takes you on a summer tour of Lost Flora Fen, one of our newest preserves. It was acquired in 2018 and as you watch this video you will discover some of the special features of this natural area.

Click here to watch the video.


 

What does NLI do? What is Nygren Wetland Preserve?

Watch this short video with Kim Johnsen, Director of Marketing & Membership for Natural Land Institute (NLI), talk about some of the work of our conservation land trust, Nygren Wetland Preserve, how you can visit there and how you can get involved.

Click here to watch the video.


 

2020 Wildflower Walkabout Series

Join Severson Dells and the Natural Land Institute staff and volunteers on an exploration of many of the local wildflower hotspots. Wildflower Walks showcase what is currently in bloom at various woodland and prairie preserves around Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties. All walks will begin at 6:00 p.m. and alternate weekly on Wednesday or Tuesday. No fee for the walks, but membership in Severson Dells and/or the Natural Land Institute is encouraged. For more information, please call 815/335-2915 (SD) or 815/964-6666 (NLI).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements this spring the Wildflower Walkabout tours will be shared as virtual videos. Please do not go to the physical location on the corresponding date and time for a group walk. However, we do encourage you to visit the location on your own time and practice safe social distancing while there.

We will post the weekly walkabout virtual video here on the designated date for the hike. Read the full schedule of the 10 Wildflower Walkabouts here: 2020 Wildflower Walkabout final.

Wednesday, April 29 – Anna Page Park – Click here for to watch the video.

Tuesday, May 5 – Piscasaw Fen – Click here to watch the video.

Wednesday, May 13 – Howard D. Colman Dells Nature Preserve – Click here to watch the video.  Please note that this Nature Preserve is private and not open to the public. Natural Land Institute members may visit with permission. To become a member of NLI click here to join online. For questions and permission to visit Colman Dells Nature Preserve please call 815/964-6666 or email info@naturalland.org.

Tuesday, May 19 – Pecatonica River Forest Preserve – Click here to watch the video.

Wednesday, May 27 – Cedar Cliff Forest Preserve – Click here to watch the video.

Tuesday, June 2 – Searles Prairie Nature Preserve – Click here to watch the video.

Wednesday, June 10 – Bald Hill Prairie Preserve – Click here to watch the video.

BONUS!  We have a virtual Wildflower Walkabout for you from Byron Forest Preserve District’s Nardi Equine Preserve.Click here to watch the video.

Tuesday, June 16 – Beach Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve – Click here to watch the video.

Wednesday, June 24 – Harlem Hills Prairie Nature Preserve – Click here to watch the video.

Tuesday, June 30. – Colored Sands Forest Preserve – Click here to watch the video.

This is the end of the 2020 Wildflower Walkabout season. Thank you for joining us. We hope you enjoyed the virtual tours of the various preserves in northern Illinois and encourage you to visit them on your own in the near future to see what they have in store for you in other seasons.


 

NLI Virtual Learning Videos

Welcome to our new series of virtual learning videos by NLI Education Committee members, staff and volunteers. Thank you to all who have contributed to this series.

Spring Wild Flower Walk is by NLI Ed. Com. member Laura Sjoquist. Please click here to be directed to YouTube to view this video.

American White Pelicans migrate through our area and visit our Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton IL every spring and fall. Sometimes a few of them stick around through summer. NLI member Rob Clark created this informative and fun video for you. Click here to be directed to his YouTube page to view the video. Rob is also one of the bluebird monitors at Nygren Wetland Preserve.


 

A Message from Kerry Leigh, Executive Director

During this uncertain time of COVID-19 we are still doing the work of NLI to protect nature. Please take a couple of minutes to watch this video of Kerry with words of encouragement and letting you know what we’re doing. We want your to hear from you to see how you’re doing, too. She mentions tagging us on social media with your photos and videos of how you are spending time in nature. Find us on Facebook at Natural Land Institute or Nygren Wetland Preserve; Twitter: NLI1958, Instagram: NLI1958.

Please click here to be directed to YouTube to view this video.

 


 

Kerry Leigh featured on Comcast Newsmakers 2019

Click here to watch the video.

 


 

Environmental Issues

In July of 2019 NLI and the Illinois Environmental Council hosted a tour and lunch at Nygren Wetland Preserve for Legislators and local elected officials.

Please click here to be directed to YouTube to view this video.


 

2018 Comcast Newsmakers: [email protected] Work School

Please click here to be directed to YouTube to view this video.


 

Conservation at Home

by Jack Kaufmann

Please click here to be directed to YouTube to view this video.


 

Volunteers of Nygren Wetland

by Jack Kaufmann

Please click here to be directed to YouTube to view this video.


 

Family Nature Day 2018

by Jack Kaufmann

Please click here to be directed to YouTube to view this video.


 

Lost Flora Fen Grand Opening

Please click here to be directed to YouTube to view this video.

 

 


 

A Family Wagon Tour of Nygren Wetland Preserve

by David Aslesen

Please click here to be directed to YouTube to view this video.


 

Nature Poetry & Prose

Authors featured in NATURAL VOICES: CELEBRATING NATURE WITH OPENED EYES, an anthology published by Natural Land Institute, read their poem or prose from the book at the annual Nature Poetry & Prose event on September 28, 2018. Eleven writers participated.

Click on each name below to view a video of the author reading one of their pieces.

Bailey

Bock

Caskey

Collins

Fenton

Fox

Morris

Richardson

Ruffner

Sims

Swanberg

 


 

Land is My Sustenance

In 2016 a video about Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton won third place out of 75 submissions in a national video contest conducted by the Land Trust Alliance. The Video, “Land is My Sustenance”, was created and submitted by Curt Johnsen of Rockford. Johnsen asked that his third place prize money of $1000 be awarded to the National Land Institute. LTA praised his video “for the passionate sense of place that it evokes and the compelling, personal stories it shares.”

Nygren Wetland Preserve: The Story

Nygren Wetland Preserve: Pollinators

Nygren Wetland Preserve: Bats

 

Facebook live
Lost Flora Fen
NLI NWP video
Cedar Cliff FP
Searles
Bald Hill
Nardi Equine
Beach Cemetery
Harlem Hills
Colored Sands
Spring Wild Flower
Pelicans
Kerry video