Quote of the week: Those showy yellow flowers of many species of goldenrod have sticky, heavy pollen that clings to insects which carry the pollen to the next flower, so there’s not much chance the pollen will end up in the noses of hay fever sufferers.

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Read why goldenrods don’t cause hay fever and why they are truly an American species, plus which ones to plant in your yard in an article about goldenrods featured in Natural Awakenings by Sheryl DeVore.

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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

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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