Posts By: Stephanie

Call for Native Plant Gardens

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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 »

Wild About Our Volunteers

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Wild About Our Volunteers Volunteers power our organization. Whether it’s helping with outreach (AnnMarie, Anne P, Candace), running and assisting with the yearly plant sale, maintaining public gardens (Laura, Byron), creating the newsletter, running the bi-annual conference, volunteers keep things humming along, and we are incredibly grateful for them. Here’s a spotlight on some of… Read more »

Aphids: What to Do?

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  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 »

Recap of Creating Healthy Habitat for the Rusty-patched Bumblebee

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Fayette Aurelia Nichols gave an information-packed presentation to us on May 20 based on her extensive research and experience with this bumblebee. Not only did we learn some basics about bumblebees in general, but Aurelia gave us some very specific information to help the Rusty-patched Bumblebee.  The Rusty-patched Bumblebee was a very abundant species at… Read more »

Standing for Science in Your Yard

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West Cook Wild Ones loves science– scientists explain the world to us and impact many parts of our lives. One of these areas is our own yards or landscapes in which we we work or live.  Science is telling us that even if we are in an urban area, our yards are incredibly important, providing… Read more »

Recap of The Amphibians of Chicago by Joey Cavataio

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Recap of The Amphibians of Chicago presented by Joey Cavataio Joey Cavataio condensed many years of experience and research into a beautifully presented talk for us on Feb 25.  Along with the lovely images of our area’s amphibians, another welcome sight was the many middle-schoolers who were attending for an extra credit assignment from their… Read more »

Citizen Science Projects

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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 »

Indoor Seed Starting

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Indoor seed starting gives you a jump on the growing season. If you wintersowed your flats outside, and they’ve had enough time outside, you can simply bring them and start the germination process indoors.  Or, if you stratified your seeds in your fridge via a medium or paper towel method, you can then sow the… Read more »

2017 Gift Ideas for the Native Plant Gardener

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We thought we’d compile a handy list for the nature lover on your list. Don’t forget the possibility of a gift membership to West Cook Wild Ones. 🙂 Books: Mike MacDonald’s My Journey Into the Wilds of Chicago  Heather Holm: Bee Identification and Forage and Pollinators of Native Plants Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwarz’s new book… Read more »