FALL: October 2009
The Tallgrass Journal
Goose Lake Prairie Partners, 5010 N. Jugtown Road, Morris, IL 60450
Volume 6, Issue 4
GL Prairie Partners Honored by IDNR at State Fair Inside this issue:
The Goose Lake Prairie Christensen, member; and demonstrations while return- Volunteers at State 1
Partners were named as the Chuck Johnson, photographer ing the best of the older ones.
Congresswoman’s Visit 2
2009 outstanding volunteer and member. IDNR represen- This was the second year they
group of the year by the Illi- tatives for this group are Joe hosted Earth Day in the Park Prairie Day Review 3
nois Department of Natural Giacone, Site Superintendent, sponsored by the IDNR Edu- Photo Contest Review 4-5
Resources. The award was Goose Lake Prairie State cation Department for a class
presented during a public Natural Area, and Christopher of fourth graders. A drawing Memorial Bench 6
ceremony at the Illinois State Rollins, Region Two Land decided which school was Donate and Volunteer 7
Fair Saturday, August 22nd. Manager. selected to participate at
Hunting at GLP and HFW 8
The award was presented by The Partners and the Goose Lake Prairie.
the IDNR Assistant Director Friends of the Prairie re- The partners assisted with
John Rogner to Susie John- ceived this award for their the butterfly program at the
P a r k N o t e s :
son, GLPP President; Bev impact on the park’s opera- park and helped install the
Christensen, Vice-President; tions, infrastructure, and new netting this year. They Keep in mind that Shot-
Jackie Martin, Secretary/ events. have become the receipient of gun deer hunting seasons
Treasurer; Jo Fleming, Direc- The Partners have been donations to the park. Among are in December and
tor and member since Febru- putting on annual events such these are the fossils and na- January. The park is
ary 1983; Pat Christensen, as Prairie Day (12 years) tive American artifacts collec- closed on those days.
Director; Tom Kaluzny, Cabin sponsored by Midwest Gen- tions. They are assisting with Dog sledding, Snow-
Festival Chairman; Andrea eration and Cabin Festival (25 funding of some of the perma- mobiling, and other me-
Kaluzny, member; Audrey years). Each year they try to nent exhibits that are special chanical vehicles are not
Kaluzny, member; Harry expand the events with new to GLP. They are sponsoring allowed on park prop-
the Nature Photography Con- erty. Violators will be
test/Exhibit for the third year in prosecuted.
a row with assistance from Cross Country skiing
MQB Corp. Real Estate Bro- and walking on the prai-
kers. rie park trails during win-
The Partners and Friends ter months is encour-
are always interested in work- aged.
ing with individuals and
groups who would like to visit Check our website.
the Prairie would enjoy http://gooselakeprairie.org
Calendar of Events. We recognize the family of
Marion Boring for the Digital Pic-
Events at the park will slow one has a great Holiday Season, ture Frame donated to the Visi-
down through the months of De- and that you will take time to tor’s Center in her honor.
cember and January. We will join us at our Holiday Open
Marion, a Partner at Goose Lake
restart our efforts and weekend House, Saturday, November 8th Prairie had recently retired. She
visitor center work in February. from 1 to 3 p.m. and her daughter Marianne Gas-
The center will be open Monday paras enjoyed the serenity of the
The November general meet-
through Friday from 10—4 as park and often walked the paths.
ing will be held after the Open Marion would love to know we
usual but the Prairie Partners will
House November14th. There is have been given the frame in her
not work the weekends.
no December meeting. Meetings honor by her family and friends.
You may see us in the center will resume on the third Wednes- Pictures are being added to the
through the week working on day; January 6th at 1:30 p.m. frame and it will be seen in the
various projects. We hope every- center soon.
The Canvasback Duck has
Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson attended Prairie Day on September 22. been added to the Memorial
She said, “It was an honor to join the Goose Lake Prairie Partners on that collection Flying Waterfowl
day, it was evident why they received the Volunteer Group of the year Wall Mounts. This one honors
Beth Howard Elliot who was
award from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. I look forward to
an admirer of the park. Stop
visiting Goose Lake again.” Nine Prairie Partners were there for the presen-
in and take a look at this
tation and worked the event.
Keep the Prairie Partners Gift Shop in mind
as you do your holiday shopping...
Many nice Books are available, some Jewelry items,
Handmade Prairie Dolls, Clothing & Hats commemorating
the Prairie Park and Hand-woven Rag Rugs.
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12th Annual Prairie Day An Overwhelming Success!
God smiled on the prairie once again spoke to the packed auditorium crowd on children cre-
as the Goose Lake Prairie Partners be- volunteerism, commitment, and the ate, assem-
gan the day bright and early on Satur- beauty of the Goose Lake Prairie State ble and fly
day, September 19 for the 12th Annual Natural Area. She spoke to all the guests their own
Prairie Day. The prairie was awash with and children present about the commit- home made
hues of yellow, purple and brown, delight- ment the Partners have to the park and k i t e s .
ing over 200 parents, grandparents and encouraged them to volunteer in their Heather
children as they came to enjoy the per- community. She closed her comments Holm, the
formers and events scheduled by with a presentation to President Susie face painter,
Co-chairmen Jackie Martin and Susie Johnson created eve-
Johnson . Each year the headline opener, Dave rything from
Our guests took in the prairie’s beauty, DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles rainbows to
learned about prairie life, animals, and delighted the filled auditorium. This year reptiles on the faces of the guests.
our ancestors. Prairie Day is held the was no exception. Immediately following The day was not complete without
third Saturday in September and this act, Great Mistini’s [Tom Wilkinson] a vis it to the Conservation
coincides with National Prairie Week. Police’s traveling museum or stopping by
Midwest Generation has supported this the Cabin to listen to Partner Historian Jo
event 7 times since 2001. Fleming talk about the Cragg family and
cabin life. Guests were also encouraged
Thank you to sign up to hear Judi Jacksohn and
driver Lon Lovellette as he drove the
Midwest Generation wagon through the prairie on one of the
for Supporting last rides for the year. A stop at the Part-
ner Food Tent for a buffalo burger, brat or
this annual event. a hot dog certainly made everyone’s day
At 9:30 a.m., prior to the start of the At the close of the day as the last of
event, a dedication was held for the com- magic and wit filled the auditorium with the visitors left the lot and the tents and
memorative bench given to the park awe and laughter. Completing the day tables were put away for another year,
through the Honorary Prairie Partner, was a new performer to the prairie, Beth one couldn’t help but realize summer is at
Brenda Kaluzny’s Memorial fund. Wagnor’s Scales and Tales Animal a close. Another year of prairie events
Brenda’s husband Tom, daughters An- Show . She interacted with the children has brought old and new guests to a
drea and Audrey along with other family and parents with her unique selection of greater appreciation for our parks and its
members placed roses on the bench and animals and knowledge. volunteers. -JMartin.
listened to the dedication by President On the Visitor Center lawn, Lou Aiello
Susie Johnson. Brenda’s love of the prai- captured the prairie audience with his
rie and support of Prairie Native American Traveling Museum and WE HA
Day and other park hands-on exhibits of early American In- VE A WIN
The lo NER!
events was returned by dian life and lore. His dream catchers, vely P
Lap Q rairie
the donation of the drumming, paddle dances and teaching uilt wa Partne
s wo n r
bench by her family and the guests how to remove fur from an Ly nn M a by
friend. animal hide were big hits for all ages.
Opening the day’s Linda Roberts, in the craft area, taught at ulation
activities was Con- the kids about animal tracks. Tom !
gresswoman Debbie Halvorson. She Kaluzny and fellow Partners helped the
Volume 6, Issue 4 Page 3
3nd Annual Nature Photo Show Winners Announced
The winners of the annual Goose Lake mented that the photos looked as
Prairie Nature Photo Contest were an- though they had been lifted from Judges were from the area camera clubs.
nounced at the Photo show August 22- ‘National Geographic’ magazine”.
23rd. • Charles VanGrevenhof, Morris Camera Club
The Fourth Annual Nature Photo
William Porter of Bourbonnais won Contest will be held in August
2010. • John Zappia, Morris Camera Club
the coveted Best of Show Award, as
well as Best Color Print, with his entry • Curtis Larsen, Streator & Sandwich Camera Clubs.
entitled “Wild Rose”. Regina Peterson
of Morris was judged to have submitted Color Landscape
the Best Black and White Print with her
entry “Prickly Landing”. Beth Dhunyisha 1st Autumn in Illinois Pam Ridgeley
of New Town Square, Pennsylvania re- 2nd Raging Waters Peggy Hanna
ceived the Prairie Partners’ Pick Award 3rd Raging Waters Brittany Benson
for her entry “Forgotten”. The Viewers
Choice Award, as determined by ballot-
Honorable Mention Snow Duck Peggy Hanna
ing of the numerous visitors to the ex-
hibit over the weekend, was awarded to B/W Landscape
Denise Rogers of Seneca for her entry
1st Water Lilly Denise Rogers
2nd Reflecting Lotus Peggy Hanna
The amateur Photo Contest is held 3rd Morning Lit Flowers Denise Rogers
every August at the State Natural Area
on Pine Bluff Road at Jugtown Road in
Honorable Mention Ishnala Tom Greenway
east Grundy County. It is orchestrated
by the volunteer organization Goose Color Plant
Lake Prairie Partners, with a great deal
1st Wild Rose William Porter
of assistance from the Morris Camera
Club. Photo entries are to depict the 2nd Changing Pholiata William Porter
flora, fauna, and natural environment 3rd Pastel Beauty Regina Peterson
in the state of Illinois. Honorable Mention Musk Thistle William Porter
Eighty-six entries were submitted on
Sunday August 16 at the Goose Lake B & W Plants
Prairie Visitors Center on Jugtown 1st Reflection Peggy Hanna
Road. The majority of participants were
from Grundy and Will counties, al-
though some entries were received Color Animals
from as far away as Pennsylvania. 1st Blue Heron Denise Rogers
Judging was held Friday evening by a 2nd Savage Splendor Barb Levault
panel of experts assembled by the Mor- Female Longhorned
ris Camera Club. Winners were an- 3rd Beetle William Porter
nounced Saturday morning, and all of
the photos were on display at the Visi-
tors Center through the weekend. Honorable Mention Great Swallowtail Peggy Hanna
“We are excited by the response to
the contest this year”, said Goose Lake B/W Animals
Partners’ President Susie Johnson. “Not 1st Prickly Landing Regina Peterson
only were the 86 entries the most we 2nd Raspberry Peggy Hanna
have received in the three-year history Female Redlegged
of the competition, but the quality of
3rd Grasshopper William Porter
the entries was outstanding.”
The response by the public was also Honorable Mention Saw Whet Owl Peggy Hanna
very positive, as the visitor count at the
Center was up 50% over a normal August
weekend. Volunteer Mike Bily, who Goose Lake Prairie
tended the exhibit Sunday afternoon, 1st Prairie Sunrise Peggy Hanna
said “most of our visitors were amazed
at the professional quality produced by
2nd Good Morning Denise Rogers
our local amateur artists. Many com- 3rd Forgotten Beth Dhunyisha
Honorable Mention GL Visitor Center Dean Jacobson
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Award Winning Photos -
“WILD ROSE” by William Porter “PRICKLY LANDING” by Regina Peterson
“GOODMORNING“ by Denise Rogers “FORGOTTEN” by Beth Dhunyisha
Volume 6, Issue 4 Page 5
Brenda J. Kaluzny Memorial Bench Presentation
Held Prior to the Prairie Day Festival
A little over a year ago the Prairie Partners lost a friend. We wanted to remember her in a special way. Brenda volun-
teered to work on special days such as Cabin Festival and Prairie Day. She looked forward to it and enjoyed helping us. Not
only did we make her an Honorary Prairie Partner, but her friends
and family donated to a memorial allowing us to plan special
things for the park. The first of these items was a memorial
bench. Now visitors can sit and enjoy the prairie on the trail to
the cabin. With Site Supt. Joe Giacone’s help, a lot of phone calls,
e-mails and research, we came up with a bench the State ap-
proved of. The bench is seen here. We want to thank everyone
for all their help and hard work in making this a reality.
Brenda was a constant visitor to the park. Her love of this
park prompted the partners to pronounce her an honorary partner
and her friends and family to plan the bench… We hope that
other good things will come from the
Thanks to all who helped with Prairie Day! November 14
What a great way to learn more about Nature and the Prairie! is the date of
at the Goose
Area Visitor’s Center.
From 1 to 3 p.m. we will decorate
the tree, sip apple cider, munch on
cookies and help the youngsters make
Come out and visit with us,
get to know us, and have a
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• We want to thank Bev Mansfield and Jo Fleming for • The Prairie Partners are proud to show off the collection
working the Natural Resource tour for the area of prairie ladies and gents available in the Gift shop at
5thgraders Sept 24 and 25th. This activity is spon- the Visitor’s Center. These dolls were handcrafted by
sored by the Farm Bureau, Dept of SWCD and Goose our Partners and have lovely accents such as leather
Lake Prairie. Over 350 students attend 10 different shoes and lace trims.
learning stations of which the Cragg Cabin is one of
those. Bev and Jo talked about living in a cabin on
the Prairie in the 1830’s while displaying Period dress
in the cabin.
• Kudos to Superintendent Joe Giacone for completing
the pipe line from the Windmill to the pond this fall,
a project that was funded by the Exelon Corporation
Dresden station and Robert Osgood. We had such a
wet season at the Park this year, we thought we were
not going to be able to get into that area of the prai-
rie but it finally happened.
If you are
Gifts To The Park Are Tax Deductible. looking for
Gifts To The Park Are Tax Deductible. interesting
club or gro r your
up, why no
Goose Lake Prairie Partners are looking 3.) Consider purchasing an item for the consider a t
for a few new items to add to the visi- park. At the current time our “Want Call the Pa gram?
rk Desk for
tors center as well as the park itself. If List” includes: more
you or your organization is looking for a n.
special project why not consider the • Caterpillars for the Butterfly barn.
following items: (Seasonal.)
• Portable Public Address System for pres-
• New Mounted bird or mammal species.
1.) Choose a park trail and monitor it to entations and programs.
keep it pristinely clean for our visitors. • Park Benches to strategically place around
the park on various trails. Tax deductible gifts are recognized with
2.) Volunteer to work the Visitor Center a “certificate of gift” which can be
• Eggs to add to our growing Bird Egg Dis-
Desk during the weekend to help keep play. Call for Prices. used for tax deductions.
the center open. Normally the Center • New Folding Chairs for our events.
is only open on weekends if volunteers Call 815-942-2899 for
• New Tables.
work the center. more information.
Park Contacts: The Mission of the Goose Lake Prairie Partners
Visitor’s Center Phone: 815-942-2899
Joe Giacone, Site Superintendent Monetary or Time Donations
The mission of the Prairie Partners is to
Char McDade, Office Coordinator help the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Are Always Welcome.
Area in the following ways.
Susie Johnson, Prairie Partner President
Bev Mansfield, Vice-President • To understand, maintain and attract the public to Text in this publication is the sole respon-
the park by producing various festivals, educa- sibility of the authors of the articles and
Jackie Martin, Secretary and Treasurer tional events, and displays centered around early
Pat Christensen, Purchasing Agent life on the prairie and on the natural environment
not the responsibility of the Park or the
of the park. Prairie Partners.
Jo Fleming, Historian.
• To provide assistance and funds as needed by the The Tallgrass Journal is publish 4 times a
park and its staff for equipment, supplies and year: Jan, April, July and Oct.
other items for improvement and maintenance.
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The Tallgrass Journal
Goose Lake Prairie Partners
5010 N. Jugtown Road
Morris, IL 60450
Volume 6, Issue 4
We are on the Web.
Hunting At GLP Take Only Memories.
By CPO David Wollgast
Leave Only Footprints.
Once again summer has drifted away into Fall
and another hunting season has crept upon
Thank You Very Kindly.
us. Everyone is hurriedly dusting off their
equipment and zinging arrows at backyard
targets in anticipation of opening day. Every
year October first seems to appear without
people talking, dogs barking, and babies cry- The prairie is susceptible to threats of the
warning on our calendars during the month of
ing all seem to be mysteriously swallowed up modern world and requires care in our use of
September and catches us off guard. Excite-
as they reach the transition from pavement to its resources it offers to us. As well the prai-
ment begins to stir among the outdoor com-
the native tall grasses. Through the freeing rie needs us as we do it. The lack of natural
munity for the hunts to come which will not
silence creeps the soothing harmony of crick- predators to control deer leaves the prairie
only hopefully bring meat to the table, or ant-
ets. As the black, star dusted sky lightens to primed for an explosive population which
lers to the wall, but also for that connection to
shades of glowing pink and orange, cool gen- would leave the herd vulnerable to winter
nature and our past. The vast majority of
tle breezes awaken the grasses and they starvation and diseases like Chronic Wasting
hunters this Fall will be trekking off to the
begin to dance. As one gazes upon the Disease (C.W.D.) and epizootic hemorrhagic
woods to await their quarry unaware of the
rhythm of waves undulating across the sea of disease (Blue Tongue). As time progresses
opportunities offered by the prairie.
bluestem and Indian grass you can’t help but Goose Lake Prairie has come to rely more on
At first glance the prairie is a seemingly end- drift back to a time when the many Native us for it’s survival as we had on it in the past.
less sea of grasses with no opportunity for a American tribes hunted the area. There is a We can see how things have changed
hunter to hang his tree stand and offers little feeling of connection to the Potawatomi and through time and begin to understand the
habitat for white-tailed deer. When one wan- Chippewa who relied upon Goose Lake and importance of the management practices
ders deep within the grasses, however, they the surrounding prairie for sustenance. You which have been implemented for hunting
will discover the prairie is a vast network of can vision them as they capture ducks and Goose Lake Prairie. The minor inconven-
trail systems navigated by many species of geese on Goose Lake or wait silently iences that some of the rules place upon us
wildlife. Deer sign is everywhere on the prai- amongst the bulrush of the surrounding prai- help others have an untarnished experience
rie for those who are not threatened by the rie for deer to pass by. Thoughts wander to not just this year or the next, but for centuries
overwhelming expanse. There are a handful pioneers who later settled in the area and to come. Hopefully one day when we are
of hunters who hunt on the prairie exclusively relied on the bountiful prairie to supplement long gone, in a distant generation, hunters will
and they too understand that the challenges their tables with the wild game. A man wad- cast their thoughts upon the days of our hunts
are sometimes greater than in the woods, but ing through the switch grass, rifle in hand, on the Prairie and feel the deep connection to
the opportunities are that much more reward- flushes prairie chickens which thrived in the the land and its resources which flows though
ing. short grasses created by the herds of grazing all of us. Be safe out there and good luck!
bison passing through. The sudden honk and
David Wollgast, Conservation Police Officer
In the predawn hours of the early Fall in the a whoosh of wings from a low flock of geese
and our guest writer this issue, is stationed at
sleeping prairie one loses the noises of every- passing overhead snaps the mind back into
Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area and Hei-
day life. The sounds of early morning traffic, the present. decke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area.
Visit http://gooselakeprairie.org/glpsna_fish_hunt.htm for exact information on hunting dates for Archery & Shotgun Deer Season and Water-
fowl Hunting. Fact Sheets are linked to the Prairie Partner Web Page. The Prairie Part is closed on Shotgun Hunting Days.