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Upcoming WPPC Events

Next Walk on the Wildside is August 7

Saturday August 7, 10am, The home of the Locknar’s, 2807 Deer Trail, Spring Grove, IL:

Our 1½ acre yard has several perennial flower gardens that attract butterflies, bees and humming birds. The highlight is the 50’x100’ plus wildflower garden with native wetland plants started with seed in 2009.  In the center of it all is a 25’ Bald-Cypress Tree.  We have several nesting bird boxes that host Blue Birds, Tree Swallows and Wrens. Throughout the year we get Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Cedar Waxwings, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, White-Breasted Nuthatches, Northern Cardinals, and Finches.  Off the backyard deck is a 11’x17’ Zero Edge pond and a 10’ stream with water plant bog filtration. The pond is home to a floating island, 9 Koi and a variety of goldfish.

Directions:  From north-bound Rt 31, turn right onto Johnsburg Rd, then left on Spring Grove Rd, which turns into Winn Rd north of Rt 12.  Turn left on White Tail Dr, then right on Squirrel Dr at the end.  From there, left on Deer Trail.  The house will be on the left.


Monarch Event:  There will be a Monarchs and Music event on Sunday, August 15 at Crystal Lake’s Main Beach from 12:30-4pm.  Sponsored by the Monarch Coalition, the event will feature activities and games designed to educate about our iconic Monarch Butterflies.  A showcase of several community bands will play at the event from 1-4:30pm.  The WPPC will be present with materials about creating and sustaining healthy habitats for the increasingly scarce Monarchs and other beneficial pollinators.  The event is free and no pre-registration is required.  Just drop on by!

LATEST NEWS

Common Evening Primrose

Oenothera biennis

Evening Primrose is a biennial Illinois native plant that can be up to 7 feet tall but is usually around 4 feet. there is usually a central stem with alternate leaves but sometimes can have multiple stems having a bush-like appearance.  The light or olive green leaves are up to 8″ long and 2″ wide. The flowers can be about 4″ wide and open in early evening and last until the next morning usually done before noon. On cloudy day they can last longer. Flowers have a lemony scent and bloom from mid-summer into fall.

The plant prefers full sun, average moisture and sandy soil but will tolerate other growing conditions often found in disturbed areas. The plant forms a stubby rosette during the first year, but becomes tall during the second year when it flowers, sets seeds and then dies.

Source: illinoiswildflowers.info

The Monarch Coalition is bringing an engaging Monarch Fair to Crystal Lake's

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The WPPC is proud to have been listed as a resource with the Homegrown National

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Learn about the value of native plants for the environment and wildlife.

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Walk on the Wild Side–Westwood Elementary School, Saturday, July 24, 2021, 11:15am

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Promoting the use of native plants in the landscape through preservation, propagation, and education
Advocating the conservation of open space, natural landscapes, wildlife habitat, scenic resources, and water in McHenry County and neighboring areas for the benefit of the general public
Engaging in and otherwise promoting the scientific study of and educating the public regarding local natural resources