Posts By: Wendy Vernon

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Report January 2021

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Below is a list of items discussed at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County meeting in January of 2021 compiled by Connie Schmidt. Jeff Gahris – Newly elected Commissioner and well-known environmental protector, Jeff Gahris is appointed as the liaison from the board to the “Friends of the Forest Preserve” Board. Mayslake Forest Preserve… Read more »

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Report December 2020

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Below is a list of items discussed at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County meeting in December compiled by Connie Schmidt. Willowbrook Wildlife Center – A new piece of equipment is being purchased to provide low-level laser therapy for residents of the amazing Willowbrook Wildlife Center. It will provide comfort for injured and aging… Read more »

NDAL Ecology-Based Landscapes Webinar Series

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Wild Ones is co-sponsoring a national webinar series in conjunction with New Directions in American Landscape (NDAL). There are several great interactive webinars featuring a renowned group of instructors including Larry Weaner, founder of New Directions in American Landscape. The instructors will illustrate landscaping techniques that make our little corners of the world more ecologically… Read more »

Cadaver Botany

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Chris Benda, aka Illinois Botanizer has added a new video to his YouTube channel which introduces the concept of “cadaver botany” by explaining how to identify 17 common plants found in the woods of southern Illinois in November. This is also a great video to learn how to identify plants in winter. Here is a… Read more »

Community Eco-gardens: Landscaping with Native Plants

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Dennis Swiftdeer Paige has presented for our chapter in the past on creating native eco-gardens in your community. He is the author of a new book, Community Eco-gardens: Landscaping with Native Plants, published by Mcfarland and Company under Toplight Books, with a foreword by noted native plant expert and entomologist Doug Tallamy. His book, which… Read more »