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March 26, 2021

 

 
 
Cicadas 
 

Starting in April or May, depending on latitude, one of the largest broods of 17-year cicadas will emerge from underground in a dozen states, from New York to Illinois and south into northern Georgia. For about four weeks, wooded and suburban areas will ring with cicadas’ whistling and buzzing mating calls. After mating, each female will lay hundreds of eggs in pencil-sized tree branches. Then the adult cicadas will die. Once the eggs hatch, new cicada nymphs fall from the trees and burrow back underground, starting the cycle again. There are perhaps 3,000 to 4,000 species of cicadas around the world, but the 13- and 17-year periodical cicadas of the eastern U.S. appear to be unique in combining long juvenile development times with synchronized, mass adult emergences. Volunteers who want to help document Brood X’s emergence this spring can download the Cicada Safari mobile phone app, provide snapshots and follow online at www.cicadas.uconn.edu.

 

 
 
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Every year, at 8:30 pm on the last Saturday of March, millions of people across the world join in raising awareness of the issues facing our planet. Started by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment. Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, switching off their lights to show support for our planet. Today, Earth Hour aims to increase awareness and spark global conversations on protecting nature not only to combat the climate crisis, but to ensure our own health, happiness, prosperity and even survival. Earth Hour 2021 begins at 8:30 p.m. March 27.

 

 
 
IRAI 
 

The University of Illinois Regenerative Agriculture Initiative (IRAI) is inviting farmers, researchers, nonprofit groups, and others with a stake in resilient agriculture and food production to a public meeting on April 9. IRAI is a home for regenerative agriculture research, education, and outreach. With support from Fresh Taste, it will gather stakeholders to create agriculture and food systems resilient to climate change, improve soil and water quality, support healthy communities, and enhance food security. A major part of the initiative is facilitating conversations with producers, landowners, end users, scientists, nongovernmental organizations, technology firms, policy makers, the financial sector, and experts in related disciplines. IRAI invites researchers, farmers, and organizations to the April 9 online discussion as IRAI releases its first Request for Proposals. The meeting will be used to answer questions and network for shared understanding and team development. Registration via Zoom is open at this link.

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

The University of Illinois Extension is hosting a free online webinar with Karen Stallman, an agriculture resource specialist, at noon on March 30 to discuss the Farm and Family Resource Initiative program. The initiative provides a helpline for farmers and provides outreach, education, and training. Registration is required.

If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, please email the contact Nancy Ouedraogo, Illinois Extension community and economic development specialist at esarey@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow enough time to meet your access needs.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 30 (Webinar) - Farm Family Resource Initiative

April 9 -Illinois Regenerative Agriculture Initiative (IRAI) Public Meeting

June 18 or June 25 – Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

 
 
 
 
 

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