Nipper Nighttime Frog Walk!

The frog walk has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 9 from 8-9 pm

(Rescheduled to 4/9 – needs to be 50° for frogs to be active). Bring your flashlights and rubber boots and join us for a guided nighttime stroll at Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy the springtime sounds and songs of several different species of frogs.

(Confirmed – this event will go on Saturday April 9 – the frogs are at their best.)

RSVP to Vernon LaGesse at / 217-525-1410.

Rubber Ducky Race Reminder

Don’t forget – you can still get your tickets for the Rubber Ducky Race via mail – but, ACT NOW. Deadline to mail your request and your donation by this weekend. Send a check to

Friends of Sangamon Valley

PO Box 13352

Springfield, IL 62791

Tickets are $10 each, 3 for $25, 6 for $50, or 13 for $100.

First place wins $1000 Second place wins $500 Third place wins $200.

You can also contact any board member for tickets. Thanks so much for your support!

All tickets must be sold by March 17 so our volunteers can count the ducks and make sure their numbers are in the race.

Second Annual Rubber Ducky Race!

Info/flyer on the race. Tell your friends they can also to Rubber Ducky Race event page to get all the details. Thanks for your support of Friends of Sangamon Valley!

Contact any board member for tickets or purchase tickets through the mail by sending a check to Friends of the Sangamon Valley, PO Box 13352, Springfield, IL 62791.

Lake Springfield Watershed “Lunch & Learn” Webinars

Check out this series of Lake Springfield Watershed “Lunch & Learn” Webinars. Our very own Vern LaGesse will be the Nov. 9 speaker.

The series starts February 9 with “Best Management Practices for Water Quality and Soil Health” by Jean Brokish – American Farmland Trust’s Midwest Program Manager. Jean will provide an introduction to water quality in Illinois with connections between water quality and soil health, including an overview of conservation practices that improve soil health and water quality and support more profitable and resilient farms.

Join These Zoom Meetings the 2nd Wednesday at Noon at:


Meeting ID: 834 0269 8147

Passcode: 106405

Controlled Burn Training at Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2022 AT 10 AM – 4 PM

Reservations are required for all events; call 217-525-1410 to reserve your place or for more information. We are limiting participants to 25. Please bring a mask for the classroom portion of the burn training.

Learn about all aspects of controlled burns, including weather and appropriate conditions, coordinating with local officials, performing burns, how to use equipment, safety and clothing. This will be a full day, so bring a lunch. Appropriate clothing includes leather boots, no synthetic materials, long pants and long sleeves, gloves. Anyone dressed inappropriately will not be allowed to participate in the field portion.

One of the most important management tools is fire used in a controlled manner. We use controlled burns for prairies, woodlands, and wetlands. Classroom session covers principles and practices, including weather conditions, safe practices, equipment, and fire behavior. Field practice to follow, weather permitting.