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"All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts.  The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants and animals, or collectively, the land ... a land ethic changes the role of Homo Sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it ... it implies respect for his fellow members, and so also respect for the community as such"

---- Aldo Leopold, "Sand County Almanac"


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Current Events and Announcements


Illinois Native Plant Society - Kankakee Torrent Chapter

Meetings are the first Monday of each month.

Meeting Location and Time:

Camp Shaw-waw-nah-see
6641 N 6000W Rd, Manteno, IL 60950
Phone:(815) 933-3011

Business meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Program, 7:00 p.m.

Kankakee Torrent Chapter Native Plant Sale -9 a.m - 3 p.m, Saturday, May 28th 2016

at Camp Shaw-waw-hah-see - 6641 N 6000 W Rd, Manteno, IL 60950

Kankakee Torrent Chapter Facebook Page

The Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area

"Never in all my world travels, have I found a more perfect spot, not a more tantalizing river."

-- General Lew Wallace. Author of "Ben Hur"

Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area


The documentary film "Everglades of the North, the Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh"

Native Americans considered the Grand Marsh's waters to be nature's womb.  Louis XIV would claim the land as "New France."  Sportsman and market hunters called it "paradise". Industrialists made their fortunes from its seemingly endless natural resources.  For centuries the marsh gave and man took.

The Documentary "Everglades of the North" on Facebook:

The DVDs of the documentary "Everglades of the North are for sale through Lakeshore Public Television and you can place an order now by calling (219) 756-5656 or toll-free at 1-877-987-5656.  The cost of the DVD is $24.95, which includes shipping and handling.

Visit the website for the documentary and view the trailer:

Everglades of the North

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife goals for reviving the grandeur of the Kankakee River Basin:

Once known as the Northern Everglades, the Grand Kankakee Marsh was one of the largest wetlands in North America.  This riparian Garden of Eden covered much of present-day Northern Indiana and Illinois, and was home to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet.

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Friends of the Kankakee:

"Our mission is to establish the Grand Kankakee Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

We will work with and support individuals and groups, public and private, who share this vision."

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The Indiana Grand Kankakee Marsh Restoration Project:

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Waterfowl U.S.A., Northwest Indiana Chapter: 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

To volunteer at Midewin, please contact Gemma Guenther, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

by phone: 815-423-2148 or email at

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Volunteer with The Nature Conservancy:


Birding in Kankakee County

Kankakee River Valley Audubon Club

We have a very active Audubon Club in Kankakee County. Click the following links for resources, & to download documents :


Species Checklist

Bi-Annual Birdcount Participant Checklist

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Website "All About Birds":

Bird Cams:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Online Bird Guide, including each species songs and calls:

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Do your own birding, and turn in your data at the eBird website:

eBird offers Global tools for birders, which can be shared worldwide and provide critical data for science:

record the birds you see, keep track of your bird lists , explore dynamic maps and graphs, share your sightings and join the eBird community, and contribute to science and conservation

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Bird Language with Jon Young ....

You can view the audio library of bird voices here:

Happy Bird watching!

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Local Conservation Links:

Sustainability Office at Kankakee Community College:

Midwest Permaculture:

Center for Sustainable Community:

The Resiliancy Institute:

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Scholarship Announcement


The Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve District is seeking applicants for its Richard L. Witt scholarship.  This $750.00 college scholarship is open to students who are residents of Kankakee County and who are pursuing a program in forestry, conservation, environmental science or a related area.

Requirements for eligibility:

1) Completed at least 48 college transfer courses with at least 16 hours in the sciences.

2) Grade point average of at least 2.2 on a 4.0 scale.

3) A copy of his/her letter of acceptance from the accredited 4 year college or university where the scholarship will be applied.

4) Two letters of reference from college instructors to include at least once science instructor.

5) A written statement describing his/her interest in forestry, conservation, environmental science or a related area.

   Application forms and instructions are available at the Forest Preserve District Office at 3301 Waldron Road, Aroma Park, Illinois, or by calling 815-935-5630

Kankakee River  Valley Forest Preserve District

3301 Waldron Road P.O. Box 13 Aroma Park, Illinois 60910

phone: 815-935-5630

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last updated on February 2, 2019