— Brad Semel in story about piping plovers.Photo of piping plover by Vince Cavalieri.
Pamela Newton said this about the new nature preserve in Hawthorn Woods, designed to help monarchs and other wildlife. It contains myriad native trees, shrubs and wildflowers; plus volunteers and officials are working to eradicate purple loosestrife and buckthorn and add more native vegetation. Read here.
Photo below of Hawthorn Woods mayor releasing monarchs at the preserve’s opening. Sheryl DeVore/Photography
Christie Mill, who volunteers at an outdoor food pantry garden, enjoys harvesting food to donate to the needy. She gets help in her endeavors from local master gardeners. Read more
Roy Miller and family celebrate 50 years running a Dog N Suds in Ingleside, Illinois. At its heyday, more than 600 Dog N Suds operated int he U.S. Today, only about 14 are left and Miller’s is one of them. Read more. Below, Roy’s daughter, pours a draft root beer, made the same way it was five decades ago. Photo by Sheryl DeVore
Jack Hanna makes a case for how zoos help with conservation and education. Read a story on his thoughts here. I interviewed him as a preview to his coming to Genesee Theatre.
Catholic Charities volunteers Joe Sheehan and his wife Carol Sheehan of Libertyville get meals ready to be delivered to Gurnee area seniors
Click here to read a story about how Meals on Wheels program helps seniors live in their own homes for longer.
Margie Ariano said these words in a story I wrote about the Lake County Forest Preserve Seed Nursery. It’s a fascinating place. For more, click here