Welcome to Wild Ones of Greater DuPage

NEW

First Monarch 2016 B

First Monarch 2016 B

PICNIC & Prairie Walk, August 28th, Naperville – click the What’s New tab in the right column.

Glen Ellyn:  The College of DuPage will be offering Wednesday evening (6:30PM) tours of the Russell Kirt Prairie June 15, July 6, and August 24.  A very nice way to see how the Prairie transforms itself through the summer!  See: 2016 COD Prairie Walks

Monarchs are rare this year but Joe LeCroy offers this pic on the right:

WELCOME to the Greater DuPage Wild Ones where you will be able to:

Planting a variety of wildflowers in the yard can provide food for creatures all year, and make for colorful combinations

Planting a variety of wildflowers in the yard can provide food for creatures all year, and make for colorful combinations

  • Learn about NATIVE PLANTS  enhancing your landscape
  • See landscaped native yards at yard tours of our members
  • See rare wildflowers on our NATURE WALKS
  • Enjoy hearing excellent speaker presentations
  • Obtain rare seeds  from Northern Illinois native plants at our Seed Exchange
  • Receive a monthly Chapter email bulletin
  • Read the NATIONAL Journal online magazine
  • Enjoy the friendship of 180 local native plant gardeners at picnics or potluck dinners
  • Benefit wildlife and the environment
Rough Blazing Star is on the menu for this monarch butterly

Rough Blazing Star is on the menu for this monarch butterly

Your $37 membership is also tax-deductible.  We meet throughout the county, and nearby areas.  Please Join us!!  Join DuPage Wild Ones

Spotlight on the Wilcox yard.

Spotlight on the Wilcox yard.

Doug Tallamy Garden Interview

Our YouTube and You night was a howling success.  If you couldn’t attend then view these videos:

An excellent new online resource is the Hebert Small-Scale Rain Garden Guide.  It is free and specifies native plants, see pp. 48-49.  You may have met Kevin Hebert at one of our workshops.

A cage for rearing monarch butterflies attracts attention during a yard tour in Lombard

A cage for rearing monarch butterflies attracts attention during a yard tour in Lombard

We were again home to the BIGGEST AMERICAN SEED EXCHANGE, in 2015.  At least 93 native species were represented!!!   Info at: Seed Exchange 2015

Learn about distressed Monarch butterfly populations on this 57 minute web tutorial from our joint venture :  Monarch butterfly web tutorial  2015 Monarch populations seem to be on the rebound!  The 2016 winter populations will be counted in Mid-February.

Pollinators and Pesticides is an e-book that discusses neonicotinoids and their effects: Pollinators and Pesticides

Invasive species, urban runoff, hormone and pharmaceutical contamination of rivers, phragmites control, Piping Plover reintroductions, and a maps of a 22 year invasion of the zebra mussel from Lake Erie to the Colorado River are all in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at: Great Lakes Restoration

Recent work at the site of our April 2016 Potluck is described here: DuPage UU Church Story

Garden view of the Whitney yard during a Glen Ellyn yard tour

Garden view of the Whitney yard during a Glen Ellyn yard tour

Native Plant Nurseries:  Linked on our own website:
Native Plant Nurseries

Yard Burns on YouTube:   Ted Lowe’s Ted Lowe’s 2014 Yard Burn

Drone film of a prairie burn:  Our own Kevin Collins participated in this cool video which was filmed from a drone at Bluff Spring Fen in Cook County: Bluff Spring Fen Burn – Drone film