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Lecture series begins Jan. 17

Documentary film will focus on the Grand Kankakee Mars

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 6:58 a.m. CDT

WILMINGTON, Ill. — The Thursday Night Lecture Series at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie will kick-off Jan. 17, 2013, with a showing of “Everglades of the North,” a documentary film about the Grand Kankakee Mars.

The Grand Kankakee Mars was once one of the largest wetlands in North America, with some of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet.

This program will allow people to discover what became of this vast ecosystem, and what the future holds for the area it once covered.

Rhe producers of the film will attend the showing to lead a discussion and question-and-answer session following the film. 

The lecture is free of charge and will be held at the Headquarters Building located 2 miles North of Wilmington, Ill., at 30239 S. Illinois 53.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m.

Reservations are recommended and should be made by Jan. 17, 2013, either via e-mail at Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us or by calling 815/423-6370.

Walk-ins are welcome, however seating can not be guaranteed without a reservation.

Complimentary beverages will be provided by the Midewin Alliance.

Future programs during the 2013 Midewin Lecture Series includes:

• Jan. 13 — Peacock Prairie: A Photographic Journey. Frank Mayfield will lead the lecture.

• Feb. 14 — Reptiles of Midwein. Holly Zak will lead the lecture.

• Feb. 28 — Northern Illinois Coal Mining: 1850s to 1974. Richard Joyce will lead the lecture.

Lectures will also be held on March 14, March 28 and April 11.

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located at 30239 S. Illinois 53 in Wilmington.

For more information, call (815) 423-6370 or visit the website www.fs.usda.gov/midewin.

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