Posts Categorized: Biodiversity

Native Pollinator Garden Basics for the Chicago Region

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Native pollinators take many forms, and all are very different from the European Honeybee, of which much has been studied and written.  Despite the many articles written about colony collapse, Honeybees will be just fine, and their issues are not ones of conservation, but instead are ones of domestic animal management. The animals we do… Read more »

Milkweed Cosmos

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Milkweed cosmos: A colony of milkweed is almost its own world.  Most of us have planted milkweed to attract and support the Monarch butterfly, but eventually the other insects that are dependent on it find our milkweed patches.   On the one hand, these bugs are just doing what they’re supposed to be doing–living off… Read more »

Citizen Science Projects

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Community, Speakers.

Our June 25, 2017 program featuring Dr. Emily Minor (UIC Urban Ecologist) focused on the many citizen science projects available.  These are projects that include data/observations made by laypeople and can be used for research by scientists.     Citizen science may sound difficult, but it is really as easy as looking out your window… Read more »

Aphids: What to Do?

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Clean up, Maintenance.

  This post was written to address a question about aphids on milkweed.  Any of the steps would apply to aphids on any other type of plant, including edibles.  (Note the image at the top of the page is of a Lacewing adult, one of the beneficials that you want to attract and keep in your… Read more »

Two Simple, Easy, and Natural Steps for Summer Habitat Garden Maintenance

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Butterfly Garden, Clean up, Maintenance.

Summer is almost here, and plants are up.  You’ve been a good dooby and left some stems standing to provide habitat/nesting areas for cavity-nesting bees (such as Mason Bees and tiny Carpenter bees).  Maybe you’re also worried about pulling weeds and not sure how best to handle the situation.  Here are some quick and easy… Read more »

Local Schools Plant Habitat Gardens

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Community, Types of Gardens.

May has been an especially hopeful month this year with all of our young people getting involved in making a big difference for the environment.  In Oak Park and River Forest, local schools have been busy planning, researching, and planting their native plants to support biodiversity and learning. Dominican University recently put in a large… Read more »