Plant Sale, Program on Bats, Symphony of the Soil, Joel Greenburg 
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Boost Bird, Bee, and Butterfly Populations through Native Plants

Pre-order Your Beautifully Beneficial Plants Now

We've added new plants for this year, and we hope you'll be pleased by the expanded collection.  Our spring plant sale will focus on forbs and grasses, and in Fall 2016, we will be offering trees and shrubs.  If you are a Wild Ones member, you can receive a 10% discount on your plants this year.  Enter the discount code MEMSAVE10 in the upper right box and click apply.  Questions?  E-mail

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Upcoming WCWO Events:

March 20, 2:30-4:30 PM: Focus on Bats with Sara Rose, Naturalist from Trailside Museum.  
Room 259, The Priory, 7200 W Division St., River Forest, IL

Get the inside scientific story on these mysterious yet beneficial creatures that swoop and chirp through our urban skies.  

April 3, 1:30 PM: We are sponsoring a showing of Symphony of the Soil at the North Riverside Library, 2400 S. Des Plaines Avenue, North Riverside, IL 60546.  Seating is limited.  Reserve your seat by signing up online at or call the library at (708) 447-0869

The award-winning and critically acclaimed documentarySymphony of the Soil examines the human relationship with soil, its use and misuse in agriculture, and the effects of deforestation and development on soil life.  The film also discusses the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time.  A must-see environmental film. 

Refreshments provided by the Friends of the North Riverside Public Library.

Native Plants in Containers?

This is a wonderful resource for all of you out there who have been asking us about putting native plants into pots:  Though the list is based on plants in Maine, we have many of the same species here. Have fun and let us know how your plants do in containers.  It would be helpful if we shared what works here locally.  

Speaking of Containers

If you came and did some wintersowing this January, keep an eye on your containers.  If you start to see seedlings emerge, it's a good idea to gradually remove the tops when the temps are warmer, and you can place them back on at night if the temps will drop, and the seedlings are still short enough.  Make sure soil stays moist too, especially if the tops come off.  If they've been in a full sun position for the winter, now's also a good time to put them in a more sheltered position.  

Changing Flora and Fauna of the Chicago Region by Joel Greenberg

Sponsored by Save The Prairie Society

Tuesday, April 12 at 7 pm, Plymouth Place, 315 N LaGrange Road, LaGrange Park, between Ogden and 31st Street          
Joel is the author of several noted books including The Natural History of The Chicago Region and  A Feathered River Across The Sky (about the extinction of the Passanger Pigeon).  He is a consultant for the Chicago Field Museum & The Academy of Science at the Peggy Notebaert Museum.  He was also co-producer with David Mrazek of From Millions to None.  Admission: $20.  Members and Volunteers: Free

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