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Monarch Rearing Guidelines Released

Many of us raise Monarchs as an educational activity as well as a way to give their local populations a boost. This past week several Monarch scientists released new guidelines about raising Monarchs; most of their concerns revolve around businesses or organizations that sell Monarch larvae and ship them long distances. There are no regulations about testing for diseases.  The scientists are further concerned that large numbers of reared and released Monarchs can make scientific studies inaccurate. They suggest that individuals who want to raise Monarchs should only raise one generation per year and ensure that there is no overcrowding.  For details, please read:    

Monarch Watch Seeking Seed Donations

Monarch Watch is one of the major organizers of conserving/restoring Monarch breeding habitat.  They are seeking donations for our Ecoregion of Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed), Asclepias sullivantii (Prairie Mikweed), and Asclepias viridiflora (Short Green Milkweed).  Click to read more and to find out how to donate your seeds:



Reminder: October Program

Boost Next Year's Biodiversity: Eco-sensitive Garden Clean-up 

October 18, 2:30-4:30 pm  Room 259, The Priory, 7200 W Division St., River Forest, IL

Program description:

Protect next year's bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects by learning about eco-sensitive garden clean-up.  Another benefit is healthier soil.  Presented by Stephanie Walquist of West Cook Wild Ones.  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.  

Photo: Great-spangled Fritillary which overwinters as a small caterpillar near violets, its host plant.  

Building a Land Ethic for 21st Century Conference

Hosted by the Lake to Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones. November 14, 2015. College of Lake County Building C

This conference offers some new voices and important ideas. Steve Swenson will speak on Aldo Leopold's legacy by sharing Aldo Leopold’s life story, writings and the foundation’s initiatives designed to broaden perspectives and grow the land ethic. Benjamin Vogt will put forth questions of ethics and gardening in the 21st Century with its various environmental challenges.  Heather Holme will present on attracting native bees and other beneficial insects.  Several other presentations will also be available that day.  

Click here for the chapter's web page and further information, including links for registration:   Discounts for Wild Ones members.

Past and Upcoming WCWO Activities/Events
October  9: We talked with a biology class studying biodiversity at Dominican University about our mission, goals, and activities.  
October 10: Assisted with Urban Eco-Ventures, organized by Green Community Connections.
Various dates: Supported local schools with their habitat gardens.
November 15:  Where Nature Comes Home Presented by Dennis Paige
January 24: The Unnoticed Splendor of Ants Presented by Dr Sean Menke 

Berwyn Residents!

There are members who would like to connect and join forces to support each other through planting native plants in area gardens.  If you are interested, please send an e-mail to (even if you've e-mailed us in the past), and we will be sure to get you all together. :)  

Save the Prairie Society Events

All Saturdays in October. Weather permitting. Meet at the Prairie House. They provide the tools and  refreshments.  1 pm – 4 pm.

Bats: Masters of the Sky
October 28 – 7 pm at the LaGrange Park Library
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555 N LaGrange Road between 31st Street and Ogden Ave.
Cook County Forest Preserve’s naturalist Sara Rose will be giving a program on bats.  Bring a friend and bring your questions.
Light refreshments will be served.

Fundraiser for Ones Earth Film Festival
Have a Great Time for a Great Cause!

Get your Green Groove on for ONE EARTH ROCKS on Friday, November 6 at The Wire in Berwyn. Join us for a concert and party to benefit the One Earth Film Festival, the Midwest's premier environmental film fest. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the program begins at 8 pm.  
The evening will include live music from acclaimed local group The Redmonds, a benefit auction and raffle, film preview for our 5th annual festival in March 2016, and special giveaways from green businesses.  Guests can enjoy sustainable spirits and there will be food for sale from Native Food Café. The Wire is located at 6815 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. 
Tickets are limited and can be purchased at   Tickets  can  be  purchased  at  the  early  bird  price  of  $35  before  October  30.  After  that  date  tickets are $40 each. All proceeds from the event will benefit the One Earth Film Festival. 
The One Earth Film Festival, a production of Green Community Connections, featured 41 films in 30 locations during its March 2015 event and aims to create even more engagement with its 5th annual event in March 2016.  


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Sincerely, The West Cook Wild Ones Team

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