The next Emiquon Partnership monthly science lecture series will be on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in the Dickson Mounds Museum auditorium. The presentation is titled, "The Fishes of Thompson Lake" and will be presented by T.D. VanMiddlesworth, aquatic biologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey’s, Illinois River Biological Station in Havana, IL.
Historically, Thompson Lake was considered one of the most important fisheries of the Illinois River. From 1924-2006, Thompson Lake was drained and put into agricultural production. In 2000, The Nature Conservancy purchased this property and began restoration of Thompson Lake in 2007. Native fishes such as largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides, bluegill Lepomis macrochirus, and black crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus were then stocked based on historical records of what used to be there. During this talk, you will learn about fish community monitoring and the current status of native sport fishes, as well as, a variety of other native and non-native fishes that are important to restoration ecology at Thompson Lake.
The purpose of the Science Lecture Series is to provide citizens with the opportunity to learn more this central Illinois River environment. We’ll draw on the expertise of a variety of scientists to talk about geology, plant and animal behavior ranging from bird migration to the whitetail deer rut to Thompson lake fishing; from mushrooms to the Perseid meteor shower; and human history ranging from topics such as global climate warming to man’s use of the landscape through time. We’ll also welcome suggested topics from the audience.
The Emiquon Partnership is a consortium of Dickson Mounds Museum, The Nature Conservancy, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and University of Illinois—Springfield. These organizations have joined together to restore wetland habitats along this stretch of the Illinois River, to understand how wetlands work, and to enrich the public’s knowledge and understanding about their natural world.
The Science lecture series is free and open to the public. The Illinois State Museum - Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For more information call 309.547.3721 or TTY 217.782.9175 or visit the museum's web site at www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson/ or www.ExperienceDicksonMounds.com. Also check out weekly updates on Facebook at “Illinois State Museum – Dickson Mounds”.