Reminder: September 13 Program: Mushrooms of the Chicago Region Presented by Dr Patrick Leacock
Free and open to the public. Park on the east side of The Priory and enter through the door on the east. Follow the hallway to the end, turn left, and follow that hallway. Turn right up the stairs (or go straight to the elevator), and head up to the second floor.
For the accessibility entrance, enter through the south doors. There is an elevator, which goes to the second floor. Exit the elevator and turn left for Room 259.
Reminder: Special Event: Walker's Wilds Yard Tour
September 20, 2015, 2:30-4:30 PM, 4509 Wilson Ave., Downer's Grove, IL
There are still some spots left for the tour, so please be sure to register and update your tickets if your plans change. For more information: http://westcook.wildones.org/events/walkers-wilds-yard-tour/. Don't forget that Linda will have many types of wonderful, local eco-type native plants and grasses available for sale, and the proceeds benefit Benevolent Youth in Myanmar. Click here to get tickets/RSVP: Walker’s Wilds Yard Tour (link works now). Free and open to the public. Photo of a breathtaking Pipevine Swallowtail resting on Wild Senna by Linda Walker. Linda raises many Pipevine Swallowtails each year.
It's September, and life is still depending on our gardens. Goldfinches are looking for seeds, and one even kept visiting a milkweed stripping it of aphids, an interesting behavior to note. Goldenrod is blooming, and the pollinators are loving it above all else. A couple of migratory birds have come through some of our yards already. If you have windows that pose a hazard to birds, please try to reduce collisions by using decals or other products that reduce the reflection of trees in the windows. It's tragic that migrating birds survive all kinds of hazards from bad weather, to predators, to traveling thousands of miles through inhospitable habitat only to be killed by a window.
Monarchs are still laying eggs as are other insects. Stephanie Walquist found a caterpillar, probably a Wild Indigo Duskywing caterpillar, on her Canadian Milk Vetch. This caterpillar will eat a little more, and then find a spot near its host plant under some leaf "litter" and hibernate through the fall and winter. In the spring, it will feed a little more and then pupate to begin next year's population of Wild Indigo Duskywings. This life cycle is typical for many of our beautiful butterflies, moths, and other beneficial insects, and why we and other organizations (e.g. Xerces Society, National Wildlife Federation, North American Butterfly Association) that focus on habitat gardening recommend very little clean-up.
We keep hearing how people are seeing more butterflies, bees, and birds this year. It may be the result of the wet spring, or perhaps it's the result of how all of our yards are beginning to work together and make a real difference for these other animals that share the land. Our goal of contributing to a healthy, resilient ecosystem is being reached.
Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you've noticed anything interesting in your yard/garden.
October WCWO Events:
To look at future months, we have our Events page updated through January. Click here: Calendar
Relevant reading and events:
Stephen Packard's blog post about the quick and damaging advent of Crown Vetch on what was a pristine prairie is a specific illustration of what our August presenter on Invasive Plants had explained to us about how essential it is to act quickly when it comes to removing invasives, and the mistakes that get made our of good intentions. Crown vetch was often used to stabilize soil and avoid erosion, a good thing, but its invasive tendencies were not understood. http://woodsandprairie.blogspot.com/2015/08/dystopian-prairie.html
Another local Wild Ones Chpater is hosting a conference on November 15 and will have three interesting speakers there, Steve Swenson, Benjamin Vogt, and Heather Holm: http://laketoprairie.wildones.org/program/
. Clicker her to register: Mail-in Registration