Our Next Event:
Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:00 p.m.:
Land Management in the Rock River Valley Prior to European Settlement
Edward J. Jakaitis III, Staff Archaeologist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, and Prairie Research Institute, will broaden our understanding of this area’s vegetational history with information about how prehistoric people manipulated the native landscape. Jakaitis says “I have always been drawn to nature and the outdoors, exploring the natural world around my childhood home in Lake County, and eventually wandering about the prairie lands and forests of Illinois and Wisconsin, seeking the next fly fishing opportunity.”
This presentation will consider the causes and effects of changes in adaptive strategies and the environment. Jakaitis will discuss how archaeologists recognize these changes in the material culture and distribution of that material culture on the landscape over time. He will discuss how native plants served more than just a utilitarian purpose. Jakaitis is enthused about speaking to Wild Ones because he “believes this intersection of history and environment resonates with Wild Ones and aligns well with their mission for supporting native plant communities within our modern environment.”
We meet at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114, in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC). Look for the signs. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the 7:00 meeting, browse the merchandise tables, check out the lending library and Wild Ones information booth. This program is free and open to the public.