Posts Categorized: Learning

Bringing Native Plant Communities Home

Posted & filed under Garden types, Learning, Programs.

In 1837, Chicago was incorporated as a city and adopted the motto “Urbs in Horto,” Latin for City in a Garden. The founders defined garden as parkland and hoped to blanket and stipple the city with public parks. The city never lived up to the motto. Chicago has become mostly Urbs in concreto, the parks scattered, the development unending. If you can’t… Read more »

Recent Reads Recommendations

Posted & filed under Community, Learning.

Looking for an environmentally-themed book for your next read? Below are some of our board members’ recent reads.  Fiction/Poetry: A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet. Climate change allegory through the eyes of young people  A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers. An interesting take on the future when humanity decides to separate from factories and robots… Read more »

Call for Native Plant Gardens

Posted & filed under Community, Design & Landscaping, Learning.

Call for Native Plant Gardens West Cook Wild Ones needs a few good gardens like yours. We are working hard to promote the value of gardening with native plants and to educate homeowners, condos, churches, schools, and businesses on how it is done. Like you, we believe that native gardens are beautiful islands of biodiversity… Read more »

Is your yard ready for spring migratory birds?

Posted & filed under Garden types, Learning, Wildlife.

About 500 species of birds will migrate through IL. Some will remain here to nest through the spring and summer while others will continue to make their way to Canada’s boreal forest. The Chicago area is an important refuge for the migratory species, many of whom have just flown over the corn belt where places safe… Read more »

New Year’s Resolutions West Cook Wild Ones Style

Posted & filed under Community, Learning.

Monarch on child's finger

New Year’s Resolutions West Cook Wild Ones Style –By Byron Lanning New Year’s resolutions don’t always need to be about self-improvement. How about some planet-improvement resolutions? For instance, readers of the New York Times sent in their ideas for resolutions to help the planet. Here are some West Cook Wild Ones’ resolutions for planet Earth…. Read more »

Announcing: Recipients of Garden for Nature Grant

Posted & filed under Community, Grants, Learning, Wildlife.

Announcing: Recipients of Garden for Nature Grant West Cook Wild Ones launches its 2020 Garden for Nature program by announcing grants totaling more than $4,500 to 14 nonprofit and public organizations in the Chicago area. About the grant and the process: Garden for Nature funds projects mainly in western Cook County that engage young people… Read more »

Native Pollinator Garden Basics for the Chicago Region

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Native pollinators are a very important and diverse group of animals with fascinating ecologies; unfortunately, few people are aware of them and their importance because of the media’s focus on honeybees.  Despite the many articles written about colony collapse, honeybees are not going extinct. Their issues are not ones of conservation, but instead are ones… Read more »

Aphids: What to Do?

Posted & filed under How-to, Learning.

  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 »