Dear <<First Name>> 

Coyotes are here all year, generally unseen; it’s usually only in the fall that we humans begin to see them, and it’s obvious that coyotes have learned how to live among us in our urban environment.  Even as biologists learn more about them and understand how they adapt to urban habitats, there is still a great deal of misinformation about them. Come and learn about the roles they play in the Chicago area and how we can coexist with them.  
A Cook County Forest Preserve Naturalist will speak to West Cook Wild Ones about “The Urban Coyote.”  Program is free and open to the public.  No RSVP required.
Where: Room 259, The Priory, 7200 W. Division (corner of Division and Harlem), Dominican University, River Forest, IL
When: October 19, 2014 3:15-4:30 (please note change in starting time)


Whats in your Leaf Pile?

Many beneficial (and beautiful) insects overwinter in our yards. For instance, the Katydid (important food source for birds during late summer) and Preying Mantis overwinter as eggs attached to twigs, stems, and/or leaves. Ladybugs also spend the winter in our gardens. Native bees find winter homes in soil, plants
(stems, under grasses), and leaves. Removing all litter in the fall reduces these insect populations, most of which are beneficial. According to the University of Maine, 97% of insects in our yards are beneficial ( Many of these insects are critical food sources for migrating birds and for birds raising their young. 95% of birds feed insects to their young even if the adults eat seeds (Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home).

Keeping your healthy leaves either as garden mulch or in piles under trees or shrubs will offer you many benefits over the year:
  • feed microrganisms which feed your plants (there are complicated relationships under ground); these organisms in turn clean the water and air and improve soil texture
  • keep water levels stable--absorbs more water, drains better, and keeps moisture available to your plants through drought(lots of seeming contradictions but it's true)
  • mulch your garden through the winter 
  • provide cover for overwintering bees, butterflies, moths, and other beneficial insects
  • provide food for those above creatures provides food for birds
  • reduce the need to buy bags of mulch or compost (and then the associated pollution and costs connected to those items (plastic bags, transportation))
  • reduce pressure on finances and resources of the village; money saved there could go to more positive uses

For further reading: Life in the Soil: A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners, James B. Nardi 

Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition, Lowenfels and Lewis

Easter Tiger Swallowtail: overwinters in chrysalis attached to stems usually but could attach to a leaf.  Host plants are many kinds of trees: Ashes, Tulip Tree, Magnolias, Black Cherry,Birch, Willow.

Introduction to Biomimicry

Have you wondered how to make the leap from today to a sustainable future?
Biomimicry may be the answer!

Join others interested in developing a sustainable future for our families, neighborhoods, communities, and world at this interactive workshop on:

Sunday, November 9th
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield Street
Oak Park

Register online at: or by phone at: 773-315-1109
Cost is only $20

You will learn how biomimicry is rewriting the sustainability story in this interactive workshop guided by Rachel Hahs, a Certified Biomimicry Professional Candidate with a decade of public and private sector environmental and sustainability experience. Through an introductory presentation, hands-on activity and group discussion, you will gain an understanding of how to begin to apply the biomimicry methodology to the challenges we face in our homes, places of work and communities.

A cooperative offering from:

Wild Ones 2014 Creating Harmony With Native Landscaping Conference

Presented by the Lake to Prairie Chapter. Our chapter’s mission is to educate, which we do each month with our monthly meetings covering a wide range of topics. Bringing educators together in one place at this conference will provide a wealth of information for people new to the native plant idea and the practiced native gardener.

A co-dependent relationship exists between the plant and animal world - one cannot live with out the other. The circle of life is only possible when our ecosystem is healthy. A tree will not bear fruit without help from pollinators, a butterfly will not take flight without host plants for larvae and a nesting songbird will not have food for her young with out an abundance of nearby larvae and insects dependent on specific native plants.

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Wilderness Act of 1964 into law saying “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude, rather than contempt, we must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it Plants are the earth’s lifeblood. Through native landscaping, we can build a healthier environment and support the web of life in our own backyards to help restore habitats for the next generation. 

College of Lake County - Building C

Saturday, November 15th 2014 8:00 am – Doors Open, Registration, Coffee, Exhibitor Showroom, Silent Auction
8:45 am – Welcome
9:00 am – 10:30 am - Keynote Speaker: Doug Tallamy – Creating Healthy Neighborhood Corridors 
10:35 am – 12:00 pm – Speaker: Ray Wiggers - Gardening with Nature
12:00 pm – 1:00pm – Buffet Lunch, Exhibitor Showroom, Book Store and Silent Auction
1:00 pm– 2:00 pm – Speaker: Trish Beckjord – Wow, Look at That Garden
2:00 pm– 2:15 pm – Dessert Tray, Silent Auction Announcement at 2:15 pm
2:20 pm – 3:30 pm– Concurrent education sessions, you may choose one:
   Native Landscaping 101 – David Eubanks
   Get More From Your Native Landscape with Permaculture - Judy Speer

Ticket Price Wild One Members $35.00 Non Members $40.00  Include Lunch Students with I.D. Receive Discounted Ticket Price of $20.00

Tickets Available Online 9/15/14 at:
Or Send Check or Money Order to P.O. Box37 Round Lake Beach, IL. 60073

We Need Your Help!

We have grown a lot during the past year, and are in need of more volunteers to ensure we are able to share our knowledge about the importance of native plants.  There is a place for any level of interest and commitment.   You can help out for an hour every few months (gardens), or something more involved, such as the large events committee (e.g. we hope to bring Doug Tallamy to speak and that will require many volunteers).
Committees: Programs, Plant sales, Tabling, Gardens, Communications, Large Events, Special (seed growing program).

We'd love to hear from you. E-Mail us at


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WildOnes is a 501c(3) Not for profit organization..

Together we can make a difference by creating a wildlife corridor and providing habitat for the species that need our help.

Thanks for your time and for your support of Wild Ones.

Sincerely, The West Cook Wild Ones Team

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