Welcome to the Greater DuPage Wild Ones
- Learn about NATIVE PLANTS enhancing your landscape as they feed nature
- See landscaped native yards at free yard tours of our members
- See rare wildflowers on our NATURE WALKS
- Hear excellent speaker presentations in colder months
- 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 advice and friendship of 120+ fellow gardeners at picnics or potluck dinners
- Benefit wildlife and the environment
Join Greater DuPage Wild Ones Your membership proves its value and is tax-deductible (501 c3). We meet throughout the county, and nearby areas. Please Join us!!
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Native Plant Nurseries: Linked on our own website: Native Plant Nurseries Native plants give the most and best available food to the ecosystem and so support the most fauna species.
Native Plants Help Birds Cornell University tells why native plants are best for birds.
Hear the Mike MacDonald and Gerould Wilhelm radio interview about the new Flora of the Chicago Region book: WBEZ Interview with Gerould Wilhelm and Mike MacDonald Hear Mike’s prior interview here: Mike MacDonald WBEZ Interview
WORTH YOUR TIME
The importance of prairie preservation: TED Talks Prairie
Landscaping: Pride, Science & Law: Joy Buslaff
Rain Gardens: An excellent 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.
More on Rain Gardens: Rain Gardens, How to – WI DNR Publication
Invasive species: An Asian worm is a new invasive species. See: Jumping Worm Facts
Pollinators:An interesting website is Bumblebeewatch
Read a free online book about our native bees. Well illustrated for easy learning! Native Bee Basics
A free e-book that discusses neonicotinoids and their effects: Pollinators and Pesticides
Birding:Cornell University tells why native plants are best for birds: Native Plants Help Birds . Free bird ID application for your smartphone from Cornell University and the National Science Foundation: Free Bird ID App for Smartphones Learn bird calls by game: Bird Song Hero Game
Native Plant Nurseries:Linked on our own website: Native Plant Nurseries
Yard and Prairie Burns:Drone film of a prairie burn: This cool video which was filmed from a drone at Bluff Spring Fen in Cook County: Bluff Spring Fen Burn – Drone film
Member Yard Burn on YouTube: Ted Lowe’s Ted Lowe’s 2014 Yard Burn