U of I Extension NewsMarch 23, 2016

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4-H And FFA Livestock Judging Contest

Sponsored By
The Marion County
4-H Livestock
Judging Team

There will be a Livestock Judging Contest on April 1 at the Marion County Fairgrounds that is open to all youth in 4-H or FFA.

Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. with the contest starting at 8:45 a.m. Contestants will be divided into four different divisions: Junior (8th grade and under); Senior (High School Students); Reasons (High School Senior and under); and College Freshman Division. Teams must be comprised of individuals from the same school, county or club. All 4-H/FFA teams will be four count three, and Junior College teams will be five count five.

Registration is $5 per person Non-Reasons Divisions, and $10 a person for Reasons Divisions. For more information please call the Marion County Extension Office at 618-548-1446.

Birding Workshop At Carlyle Lake April 2

Learning and understanding the birds in the environment has become a fast growing activity for area residents.  University of Illinois Extension will be holding a special birding event.  Dr. Michael Ward, associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois and a research scientist at the Illinois Natural History Survey will be conducting a workshop on ornithology; the study of birds on April 2, 2016 from 9-3 at the Carlyle Lake visitor Center at 801 Lake Road, Carlyle.

The workshop will entail an overview of ornithology, from understanding bird behavior to the most important measures we can take to conserve bird populations. We will break for a brown bag lunch at noon. The second part of the workshop will be in the field where participants will learn the basics of how to identify and study birds.

Dr. Ward studies the ecology and behavior of birds in order to inform conservation efforts. Workshop participants will gain an understanding of ornithology and bird ecology in Illinois.

There is no cost for this workshop but participants must pre-register by Tuesday, March 22. You do not need special equipment to participate in this workshop; however if you have binoculars it will be helpful to bring them along. For additional information call 618-526-4551.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881