Calendar – Draw bats into your backyard

Now is the time to think outside the cave! When people think of bats, they often think of cave dwellers. There are 13 species of bats in Illinois, many of which never use a cave – or can only use the cave for part of the year.

Join Joyce O’Keefe, an extension specialist at the University of Illinois at 9 September for an informative highlighting program and how to draw them in your backyard.

Register at If you have questions at 815-933-8337 or email contact the Illinois Extension Kankake Master Naturalist Program Coordinator.

Plant Distribution Workshop

HILLSBORO, Ill. – Join Andrew Hollinsir, University of Illinois Extension Veterinary Instructor, at Montgomery County Extension Office, # 1 Industrial Park Drive, Hillsboro, Plant from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You will learn about techniques for successful reproduction of plants, including cuttings and how to propagate leaves.

Register at

Preview of Corn Belt Ports

High interest rates in the Illinois, Iowa and Missouri Triangle. The heart of the maize belt carries enough tons of cargo to match the largest inland port in the country.

The establishment of the Illinois Waterway, which handles more than 34 million tons of cargo annually through the free online webinars, is part of the US Port Statistics Center, a US-based water interest trade statistics center.

By getting Global Business Magazine To identify the Illinois waterway as one of the top 50 power stations, the heart of the Belt Belt ports is considered to be the largest inland in the country, transporting more than 47 million tons of cargo a year. Recognition enables rural Illinois to make direct and indirect investment opportunities more competitive.

The website will be launched at noon on September 9. Register at

Tree ID Walking

Charleston, Illness – Walk from Lake Charleston, Lake Charleston and Natural Resources Instructor Sarah Vogel for tree identification. You will learn about tree characteristics and improve your tree identification skills.

Future walks will be held at Selbyville Forest Park on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon and 10 a.m. to Oct. 14 at Walton Point State Park in Oakland.

Register at or call 217-345-7034.

Be sure to dress for the weather as this is an outdoor event. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring a walking stick. This event will be canceled in severe weather.

Mulching Workshop

STERLING, Illness – Join Whiteside County’s major gardeners and find out the reasons for pruning in the fall, how much oil to apply, the variety of trees and dressing secrets that are best suited for your garden.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Westwood County Extension Office, 12923 Lawrence Road, Sterling.

Social distance guidelines are followed, and masks are required for the program. Register at or call Mary Nelson at 815-632-3611.

Soil, climate and carbon

The online program Soil, Climate and Carbon will be available from September 1 to 3 p.m. Carbon storage is a hot topic. Some soils contain large amounts of carbon, usually in organic matter. Soil also has the ability to store more carbon dioxide quickly, but it can easily lose it.

Extension educator Duan Friend explains why the Middle West contains so much organic matter, changes over the past 150 years, and how carbon can be added to these soils in the form of organic matter.

Register at

Tips from the field for a safe harvest

Harvest is a busy time for agricultural producers in Illinois. The risk of injury, burns, and stress increases during busy hours. Join the Illinois AgrAbility and Illinois Agriculture Bureau on September 9 at noon on the September 9 Web site to learn important safety and health tips for the fall season.

Register at Contact Josie Rudolph at for more information.

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