September 17 11-4 Knoch Knolls Park, 336 Knoch Knolls Rd., Naperville – The Naperville is sponsoring a Monarch Festival. You can see some monarchs getting tagged and get some free milkweed seeds. See: Knoch Knolls Park 2017 Also: September 21 – we will show a DVD on Cook County Forest Preserves native plants. Click the calendar tab above.
Our Naperville yards were toured by 47 people at each location. The portable microphone helped everybody in the crowd enjoy these yards. Leslie showed what can be done in a few years time and Denise showed what can be done over many years, even when you don’t have a buffalo.
Mike Fahle wanted people to know that volunteers to the Naperville North prairie can contact him at email@example.com
Recap – Saturday, April 29 Potluck “The Wonder of Wetlands” Gary Sullivan, Senior Restoration Ecologist at The Wetlands Initiative told about the successful restoration of over 3,000 acres of wetland at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge. All but two Illinois migratory waterfowl species have been observed here! There is now interest in a site visit as it is also a monarch butterfly haven.
Recap – Sunday, April 23, Wildflower Walk, Johnson Mound F.P., Elburn. Johnsons Mound Wildflowers in the forest. Update: much yell. Bellwort on the south slope and “islands” of Rue Anemone on the north slope!
The Monarch butterfly populations in Winter 2017 were lower than last year, but the 5th best of the last 10 years. See the population decline on a 23-year graph: 2017 Monarch Population or see the 2015 reasons for population loss: Monarch Conservation Overview Attend Wild Ones to learn what you can do in your own yard to help!
Nick Fuller donated his slide show to us. His action plan to control invasives is listed in two Word documents: Steps1-3-Invasive-Control.doc and Steps-4-5-Invasive-Control.doc . Write into the Contact tab above to have the full PowerPoint slide show sent to you.Our DuPage chapter of Wild Ones was given this letter of appreciation by the national organization for our donating to and co-sponsoring the national meeting in 2016.
One of our chapter members was interviewed on WBEZ Radio about Chicago’s nature. Listen here: Mike MacDonald WBEZ Interview
Local Wild Ones members Brendan and Jessica Walsh have produced a documentary TV show: Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes. Show info: Great-Lakes Documentary on PBS and a Sun-Times article: Great Lakes Documentary Back-Story
WELCOME to the Greater DuPage Wild Ones where you will be able to:
- Learn about NATIVE PLANTS enhancing your landscape as they feed nature
- 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
Your $37 membership is also tax-deductible. We meet throughout the county, and nearby areas. Please Join us!! Join DuPage Wild Ones
WORTH YOUR TIME
An interesting website is Bumblebeewatch
An interesting program on Illinois Ants was recently presented by Sean Menke. We have 131 species of ants in Illinois and we learned that the species of ants in restored natural areas begin to resemble those of undisturbed areas after 10 years of restoration. See: Illinois Ants
Our hosted YouTube and You videos worth watching:
- How Wolves Change Rivers: https://www.youtube.com/embed/ysa5OBhXz-Q?feature=player_embedded
- The importance of prairie preservation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl5wzHjzvMk
- Lanscaping: Pride, Science & Law: https://www.youtube.com/user/quarryjoy#p/c/C4CD10D20C5701BC
Pollinators and Pesticides is an e-book that discusses neonicotinoids and their effects: Pollinators and Pesticides
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.
Recent work at the site of our 2016 Potluck is described here: DuPage UU Church Story
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