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Bird Collisions on Campus

A sample of birds that have died after a collision. Photo: Faculty member Bill Strond

The Problem

Every year, nearly 1 billion birds are estimated to die as a result of collision with buildings, particularly windows. Oakton’s campuses are not immune to this danger. Though the construction of our Lee Center brought the issue to direct attention for many, we have several collision points on campus. Migratory birds are especially prone to these collisions. They fly through our region in spring and fall, en route to breeding or over-wintering sites. Because they are often smaller and unfamiliar with the area, these birds can struggle with the addition of new buildings in their flyspaces.

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December Hike Into the Woods

Wednesday, December 4, 12-1pm

We’ll explore the woods and discover the ways it remains a living, dynamic system despite the oncoming winter. We will also take a moment to contemplate how we can incorporate the forest’s teachings into our lives at this time of year.

Meeting Location is outside of exit 10, near the Performing Arts Center, Athletics Office and Parking Lot A

2019-2020 Hike Dates
September 3Tuesday, 12-1pm
October 2Wednesday, 12-1pm
November 5Tuesday, 12-1pm
December 4- Meet @ Exit 10Wednesday, 12-1pm
January 7Tuesday, 12-1pm
February 5Wednesday, 12-1pm
March 3Tuesday, 12-1pm
April 1Wednesday, 12-1pm
May 5Tuesday, 12-1pm

Lunchtime hikes are on alternating first Tuesdays/Wednesdays of each month from 12-1pm, Sept-May.  We will meet rain/snow/shine and will cancel only for severe weather, so please dress appropriately.

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October Hike With The Naturalist

Wednesday, October 2, 12-1 PMmeet @ Lee Center Outdoor Classroom

This month’s hike will take us out of our busy schedules and into the peaceful, relaxing woods. We’ll take time to re-balance & explore while learning about the forest that makes this campus so special. Long pants, socks covering ankles, and hiking shoes are recommended due to off-trail walking.

Lunchtime Hike Schedule

Tuesday 12-1 Wednesday 12-1
September 3 October 2
meet @ Lee Outdoor Classroom  
November 5 December 4
January 7 February 5
March 3 April 1
May 5

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Meet the Naturalist- Lunchtime Hikes

Common Sneezeweed, Helenium autumnale

Lunchtime Hikes with the Naturalist

I look forward to meeting more students, staff, and faculty during my first year here as the Naturalist! Join me for a monthly lunchtime hike on alternating first Tuesday/Wednesday of each month from 12-1pm, Sept-May.  We will meet rain/snow/shine and will cancel only for severe weather, so dress appropriately. The first hike is scheduled for Tuesday September 3, 12-1pm.. This month we will begin at the Lee Center Outdoor Classroom. However, meeting place is subject to change depending on season.

September Hike- Tuesday 9/3, 12-1pm

September is a great time to explore the color, diversity, and abundance of the late-summer prairie. Areas of focus will be later blooming plants of the sunflower family, insects, and observing changes in animal behaviors as winter approaches. Whether you want to learn native plant & animal ID or simply want to get some fresh air outdoors, all are welcome.  This will be a light hike over trails, pavement, and some grass. Hiking shoes are recommended.

Lunchtime Hike Schedule

Tuesday 12-1pmWednesday 12-1pm
September 3- Meet @ Lee Center Outdoor ClassroomOctober 2
November 5December 4
January 7February 5
March 3April 1
May 5
Whorled Milkweed, Asclepias verticillata, with Great Black Wasp, Sphex pensylvanicus

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Habitat Technician Position, McHenry Conservation District (Bachelor’s required)

Habitat Technician JobID: 211

Date Posted:

  Lost Valley Visitor Center

Date Available:
  March 2019

Closing Date:
  Until Filled

STATUS:  Full-time (2-year contract)
LOCATION:  Richmond, IL
SALARY:  Starting at $14.00 per hour plus benefits

Gain more experience in the natural resources field as you build your resume in the Habitat Technician position. The Habitat Technician position a two-year, entry-level job offering fieldwork in conjunction with continuing educational opportunities. This position is intended for individuals who have completed their college degree within the last five calendar years, and is designed to provide practical training and experience in the field of ecological restoration. Individuals in this position will assist with land management projects as well as biological inventory and monitoring activities, in order to provide them with practical working experience and skill development in numerous aspects of the discipline of ecological restoration. 

Job responsibilities include, but not limited to:

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Seasonal Jobs with Friends of the Forest Preserve, Cook County!

Below are links to three different positions within the Friends of the Forest Preserve Conservation Corps.  They are looking to hire a Crew Manager and Assistant Crew Manager for their BRAND NEW North Branch crew.  They will also have 4 open 2018 Crew Member positions on that crew, as well as, some open 2018 Crew Member positions on all of the other crews.  Please share these positions with anyone that you think would be a good fit in one of these roles.  These are incredible opportunities to get out in nature, learn more about restoration, develop leadership skills, and mentor others during the process!
New this year: They are offering $1000 bonus to any 2018 Crew Member that stays for the entire length of the program year and finishes the year with a positive review.  How cool is that?   
Click on the titles below for full job postings and application details.

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Earth Week 2017 Events at Oakton Announced!!

Join us for our annual Earth Week Events at Oakton Community College, April 17-22. Feel free to share this pdf version and post (with permission) wherever you see fit! Thank you for helping us to spread the word on these amazing events to learn, engage with others, and make a difference at Oakton and in your communities!