Quote of the week: ‘Rain gardens are now in the palette of options people look at when they landscape their yard.’

— Mike Sands, senior associate, Liberty Prairie Foundation

For a story on rain gardens, click here.

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Photo of ironweed, which can be used in a rain garden, by Sheryl DeVore.

 

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Quote of the week:I’m sure this is unprecedented that piping plovers are nesting on a Superfund site

  • pipingploverhenneghanBrad 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

Quote of the week:There are impatient children running past them, pushing them

— Juanita Salerno

Carnivals can be exciting adventures for children who love the bright lights, rides and fast-paced fun.

But some children with special needs are unable to enjoy the carnival because of the difficulties of getting in and out of the seats quickly as well as other challenges, according to experts in the special-needs field.

For the rest of the story, click here.

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Children with special needs can ride the Dizzy Dragon at special carnival days.