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Photo tour gives glimpse of prairie

‘Photographic Journey’ set for Jan. 31 at Midewin

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 7:00 a.m. CDT

WILMINGTON —  The Thursday Night Lecture Series at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie on Jan. 31, will present “Peacock Prairie – A Photographic Journey.”

The public is invited to join photographer Frank Mayfield, who will give an artful photographic tour of the Peacock Prairie at the James H. Woodworth Prairie Preserve, a tiny gem in the necklace of urban wilderness in the Chicago area.

Comparisons of a mega prairie restoration effort like Midewin and a much smaller prairie remnant preservation of the Woodworth Prairie will be explored as well as addressing the question: “How do we get people to connect to prairie restoration/preservation efforts both big and small?”

The lecture is free of charge and the group will meet at the Welcome Center, located two miles north of Wilmington 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. 31, 2013 either via e-mail to 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 in the 2013 Midewin Lecture Series include:

• Feb. 14 — Reptiles of Midewin with Holly Zak

• Feb. 28 — Northern Illinois Coal Mining: 1850’s – 1974 with Richard Joyce

• March 14 — Birds Live in Poetry with John Elliot

• Save the dates:  March 28, 2013 and April 11, 2013

For more information about Midewin, visit the website

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