Welcome to Wild Ones of Greater DuPage

WHAT’S NEW

The Wild Ones Annual National Meeting and Conference will be held a few miles north east of Lake Geneva, WI on August 19.  We have  a few reduced room rates in the Lake Geneva area this week only (by July 18).  See 2017 WO Annual Meeting and register  by August 9th.

August 26 -join us for our picnic.  September 21 – a DVD on Cook County Forest Presereves 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.

2017 Yard Tours soon, here was one last July

Summer Prairie and Yard Tours started June 17, and the next is  August 5.  Please click the Calendar link above!  Mike Fahle wanted people to know that volunteers to the Naperville North prairie can contact him at mfahle@sbcglobal.net

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!

DuPage Wild Ones chapter Commended

DuPage Wild Ones chapter Commended

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:

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 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
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.

            WORTH YOUR TIME

Doug Tallamy Garden Interview

 

 

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:

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

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 

Compass Plant reaches for the sun but the Purple Coneflowers are more down to earth.

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