Quote of the week: It’s a cog in the wheel. All the cogs will help scientists understand more about dragonfly and damselfly populations.

Illinois Odonate Survey  monitor Jim Wolf  explains why he volunteers counting dragonflies and damselflies.  For more, click here. eaternpondhoawk

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Quote of the week: Let’s protect our feathered residents as well.

Waukegan Alderman Lisa May spoke about a new partnership with the City of Waukegan and Lake County Audubon Society on monitoring the beach where rare birds nest.  Click here to read the story.Piping Plover 1bvctaken june2016 Photo of Piping Plover, a federally endangered species that nested at Waukegan Municipal Beach, by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Quote of the week:When asked what would happen if all the restoration volunteers in Lake County suddenly stopped working on natural lands, Nan Buckardt replied, “It would be devastating.”

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Kathleen Garness collects white sweet-clover from a rare sand prairie in Zion. Photo by Sheryl DeVore. For the story on volunteer restoration workers, click here.

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Quote of the week: “It’s possible we’re the first generation to use this site since the native peoples.”

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

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Quote of the week: They don’t make root beer like this anywhere else.

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 DeVoreIMG_7627