— 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
Ed Popelka, resident beekeeper for the College of Lake County, talks about honey bees and native bees — and what’s being done to help them. For a video and story, click here.
Alice Cooper said this to me during an interview promoting his show at the Genesee Theatre. This man has a lot more depth to him than you’d imagine. Take a read.
— Mike Sands, senior associate, Liberty Prairie Foundation
For a story on rain gardens, click here.
— Tom Smith, Lake County Forest Preserves land-management technician and Native American dancer
Read what it’s like to discover and embrace your Native American heritage in this article I wrote about Tom Smith, an extraordinary Renaissance man. Click here.
— Lori Nerheim, president of Waukegan Arts Council, in story about new Ray Bradbury statue to be erected in front of library.
For the story, click here.
- Brad Semel in an article I wrote entitled, “Rare birds nesting at hazardous cleanup site in Waukegan”
Two more federally endangered birds have returned to Lake County, but the future of their nesting site remains undecided.
Last year, a pair of piping plovers nested at Illinois Beach State Park along Lake Michigan in Zion. And despite the fact that a peregrine falcon snatched the adult male before the chicks were born, all four young shorebirds survived — and one was even found wintering in Georgia.
This year, two of those chicks, now adults, returned to nest on the formerly asbestos-ridden Johns Manville property in Waukegan, the site of a federal Superfund project to clean up hazardous materials. The nesting site is about a half-mile from where they were born.
For the rest of the story, click here.
Photo of piping plover at Johns Manville in Waukegan by John Henneghan