RECENT: Nanette Kalscheur drew a good crowd on March 21. There was obviously a lot of interest in the topic of invasive species and how to best control them in our landscapes. Due to the large turnout, we didn’t have enough handouts for everyone, and some had to miss the talk because of the flu bug invading our human system. Nanette provided the following links to her handouts, which you can save for future reference.
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Cornell University tells why native plants are best for birds: Native Plants Help Birds
From our friends in Will County FPD here is a look at the 2018 Hummingbird Migration.
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
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The importance of prairie preservation: TED Talks Prairie
Landscaping: Pride, Science & Law: Joy Buslaff
Pollinators and Pesticides is an e-book that discusses neonicotinoids and their effects: Pollinators and Pesticides
An interesting website is Bumblebeewatch
Read a free online book about our native bees. Well illustrated for easy learning! Native Bee Basics
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
An Asian worm is a new invasive species. Learn about it here: Jumping Worm Facts
Native Plant Nurseries: Linked on our own website: Native Plant Nurseries
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
Member Yard Burn on YouTube: Ted Lowe’s Ted Lowe’s 2014 Yard Burn