Chicago Living Corridors The November webinar for Chicago Living Corridors will be Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 7:00 pm. The presenter will be Ders Anderson, who will share “Unexpected Pleasures: What our restored habit taught us”.
The next Chicago Living Corridors webinar will be on October 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Landscaping for Birds will be presented by Lisa Maier, who has been active with WPPC’s mentoring group for several years and is an experienced birder, (officer of McHenry County Audubon). She will be sharing her knowledge of birds and native landscaping. And did I mention she has some terrific photographs.
Click here to see the latest checklist of Illinois species.
A few of the species were a surprise to me, since I have experience with some on my own property – species that I had planted. Some grow very well, so it is an indication of the threat to the habitat they grow in. The plantain-leaved sedge, shown in the photos, is one of the species on the list.
Those wishing to help protect these species can become involved in organizations dedicated to conservation of our natural areas, or they can help to create reservoirs of the species on their own property. Some of our native plant nurseries have seeds and plants available.
Join us at 7:00 pm, on September 23 for our next webinar: “The Native Bumble Bees in Your Own Backyard: Reflections of a Backyard Bee Chaser”.
Our presenter will be Brandie Dunn, who has merged her love of native habitat and bumble bees with an interest in photography to highlight these very important pollinators. Please register at :https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7707852896894527759
Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants will be the next Chicago Living Corridors webinar on August 12 at 7:00 pm. Presenter will be Peggy Simonsen, board member of Chicago Living Corridors and former president of Citizens for Conservation.
It is important to control invasive plants, as they crowd out our native species. They impact biodiversity, and affect the food and habitat needed by pollinators and birds. The webinar will focus on a number of the most invasive plants in our area – how to recognize them, remove them, and replace them with appropriate native plants.
The WPPC is a founding member organization of Chicago Living Corridors.
The next webinar for Chicago Living Corridors is scheduled for July 22 at 7:00 pm CST. Debbie Groat of the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee will provide an Intimate Look at the Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. Please register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7250998117684836880
The WPPC is a founding member of Chicago Living Corridors. Invite your friends.
Join Chicago Living Corridors for the first webinar in its new series.. “Invite Nature to Your Yard” will be presented on June 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm CDT. Jim Kleinwachter, leader of The Conservation Foundations’ Conservation@Home Program, will share information on creating a more eco-friendly yard.
The WPPC is a founding member of Chicago Living Corridors, and we invite you to register for the webinar at
Melissa Grycan, Restoration Ecologist for The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, provides a video tour of Ryders Woods. Enjoy all the woodland wildflowers as you accompany her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygqbpq-9pyE
In recent years, several authors have written books that provide readers with compelling information on the importance of gardening with native plants and how we should use them to help save nature. Certainly, Doug Tallamy’s best-selling Bringing Nature Home has changed the way many people think about their gardens. This book has been hailed as The SilentSpring of the 21st Century in terms of its importance and the impact it has had. Tallamy has just released another book which provides further information on gardening with native plants – Nature’s Best Hope asks homeowners to participate in ” . . . one of the great conservation projects of our time.” (quote from the dustcover of the book)
While Tallamy has focused largely on birds, and their reliance on caterpillars to feed their nestlings, The Pollinator Victory Garden by Kim Eierman is a recent title that emphasizes gardening for pollinators. There has been world-wide alarm at the loss of insect populations. Planting native victory gardens designed to attract and support pollinators is a way we can all help to bring these populations back to healthy numbers. The book gives us information on different pollinators, threats to them, and what they need for nesting and feeding. Rich with excellent photographs and details, this new book provides guidance to the placement, species, and elements to consider, such as sequence and overlapping of bloom time. Lists include favored colors, structures and aromas for a number of pollinators, and indicate presence of pollen and/or nectar. A handy checklist is provided to assist in the planning process.
Most species listed are readily available from native plant sources, like the WPPC’s Native Plant Sale, and many species that support pollinators also are host species for caterpillars of butterflies and moths that birds depend on to feed their young.
Please look for this title and others at the book sale table at the plant sale on May 3.
Read about the Million Trees Project Giveaway provided by Living Lands and Waters. This project will offer bur oaks, red oaks, swamp white oaks, and persimmon tree seedlings. There are detailed instructions on when and how to order the trees, which will be available on February 25 at 10 AM. Please check the links and follow the instructions carefully. You’ll be able to order for your own use, or for an organization.
The moving force behind Living Lands and Waters is a young man, Chad Pregracke, who started out wanting to clean up the section of the Mississippi River near his home. From that beginning, his efforts have grown substantially and he has undertaken many initiatives to clean America’s rivers, and restore the native habitat – especially the oaks. His story is an inspiring one, and readers are encouraged to find out about the accomplishments of this young man with a vision. He has inspired armies of volunteers.