Amanda Majeski first learned about the world of opera singing when studying voice music in high school. Today she is an international opera star. For more, read this story.
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.
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. Photo of Piping Plover, a federally endangered species that nested at Waukegan Municipal Beach, by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
— 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