Welcome to Wild Ones of Greater DuPage

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First Monarch 2016 B

First Monarch 2016 B

You can contribute to a cause in  the memory of Dan Obermeier who tragically passed away by accident this month: Dan Obermeier Remeberance

DuPage Wild Ones chapter Commended

DuPage Wild Ones chapter Commended

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.

Local Wild Ones members Brendan and Jessica Walsh have produced a documentary TV show: Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes.  Part 2 will air on WTTW channel 11 Sunday September 18 at 5PM.  Show info: Great-Lakes Documentary on PBS  and a Sun-Times article: Great Lakes Documentary Back-Story

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

You can find a yard plant sale Sunday  September 18, 2016  9am – 2pm at 444 Montrose Ave., Elmhurst, contact: cell- 847-372-0437 ask for Dennis Paige.  The Paiges are moving to CO and you can dig into their yard to save their plants.  Bring your shovel. 

Fermi Lab is asking for volunteers for October 15th work on their prairie which may include seed collecting.

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 videos worth watching:

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

The BIGGEST AMERICAN SEED EXCHANGE of native plants will happen on November12th.  Last year 93 native species were represented!!!   Info o our Calendar page tab above.

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