Greater DuPage Chapter 2024 Program Recaps

Get Your Questions Answered!
Thursday, March 21, 2024 7:00 pm

Long-time members reviewed the resources available on the Greater DuPage Wild Ones Chapter website, including offering insights into selecting native plants suitable for your yard and identifying reliable sources for purchasing them. Additionally, they addressed questions submitted both prior to and during the meeting, providing valuable guidance and assistance.

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Controlling Invasive Species
Thursday, February 15, 2024 7:00 pm

Chris Evans, Forestry Extension and Research Specialist at the University of Illinois presented on what makes a species invasive, the challenges posed by invasive plants, common invaders, and effective options for controlling invasive species.

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Here are some good resources that Chris shared on invasive species in his presentation:
Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes Collaborative
Midwest Invasive Plant Network
Management of Invasive Plants and Pests of Illinois
Illinois Invasive Species Council

The Field Museum Field Guide: Selected Plants that Threaten Chicagoland Natural Areas contributed by authors Henrietta T. Saunders and Robert G. Sullivan is also an excellent resource.

More links to resources on invasive plants can be found on the Greater DuPage Wild Ones Invasive Species webpage.

Winter Prairie
Thursday, January 18, 2024 7:00 pm

Cindy Crosby showed us the delights of the tallgrass prairie in winter with her engaging and interactive program. She shared lovely photography showcasing the snow-covered prairie as we listened to stories about how animals, pollinators, and birds utilize the prairie for overwintering. Cindy demonstrated that prairie plants look great in winter, in terms of structure, seeds, and even color. Additionally, she included some prairie readings in her presentation to spark our creativity and warm our souls.

You can learn more about Cindy by visiting her website and reading the DuPage Forest Preserve article on her, titled Woman at Home on the Prairie. Also check out Cindy’s Tuesdays in the Tallgrass blog and her books on the tallgrass prairie, Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit and The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction.