Ted Wollert, who has been watching osprey raise chicks at Moraine Hills State Park. Read story here Photo below taken by Doug Reitz..
Read my outdoor column for more on the Reed-Turner Woodland and Baltimore orioles. Photo of Baltimore oriole by John Heneghan. All rights reserved.
–Arthur Wyns, climate researcher for WHO: Read about Earth Day’s 50th anniversary related to the pandemic here in my column. Photo by Sheryl DeVore
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.
Illinois Odonate Survey monitor Jim Wolf explains why he volunteers counting dragonflies and damselflies. For more, click here.
— 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
Louis Kasper, a Vernon Hills resident, sad to see the Wauconda site of the Lake County Discovery Museum close. It will relocate to Libertyville in about a year.
Below, Louis Kasper, stands next to a fossilized rock at the Wauconda site, which closed Aug. 31.
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— Mike Sands, senior associate, Liberty Prairie Foundation
For a story on rain gardens, click here.