A celebration of all things Insect! Insect Day takes place on Saturday, August 26 at War Bluff Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 228 Bushwack Rd, Golconda, IL and is sponsored by Shawnee Chapter Illinois Audubon Society.
Beginning at 3 p.m. and continuing into the evening, the event features workshops & field trips, an Insect Zoo and insect crafts and activities.
A potluck dinner will take place at 6 p.m., main dish & drinks will be provided, guests are asked to bring a dish to share. Following the potluck will be the always entertaining Really Cool Raffle of nature-related and local items (all are welcome to bring contributions to the raffle). Insect Open Mic will be interspersed with the raffle, along with bad bug jokes and insect poetry. Everyone is welcome to bring their talents and participate. The evening will end with the ever-popular trio RognboB &Ann, playing the gospel of goof and rowdy folk music with a Southern Illinois twist.
Insect Awareness & Appreciation Day is free and open to the public – everyone is welcome! Please bring your favorite beverage, lawn chair & friend, but leave your pets at home.
Directions to War Bluff Valley Wildlife Sanctuary from Golconda: Take Route 146 north 3.5 miles and turn left onto Bushwack Road (look for brown binocular sign). Follow the road about 2.2 miles to the Sanctuary entrance on the right - watch for signs. Bushwack Road turns into a gravel road and crosses a low water ford – don’t give up - just keep going & you will get there! (It is recommended that you download the map, as there is no signal along Bushwack Road). For more information about the event, please call or text (618)534-7870 or email shawneechapterias@gmailcom
Shawnee Chapter is the local chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society. Established in 1897, the Illinois Audubon Society is Illinois' oldest non-profit, independent conservation organization, whose mission is to promote the perpetuation and appreciation of native plants and animals and the habitats that support them.