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February 21, 2016, 2:30-4:30 PM:
The Unnoticed Splendor of Ants
Presented by Dr. Sean Menke

Room 259, The Priory, 7200 W Division St., River Forest, IL

These mighty arthropods have complex life histories and social structures, and we have them to thank for the many things they do for us.  Dr. Menke will discuss the specific species we might encounter in the Chicago region, their biologies and roles in our ecosystem. 

Here is a little preview of what we will learn: Real Ant-Man

 Dr. Menke’s research integrates the study of ecology, behavior, and evolution of ants into the fields of biogeography, community ecology and invasion biology by using modeling and experimental techniques to link patterns of species occurrence with processes that determine species persistence, coexistence, and movement across spatial scales. HIs most recent research has focused on 1) The transition in life history traits of ants between natural and urban environments, 2) How urbanization and biological invasions effect geographic patterns of ant diversity, and 3) How climate and habitat restoration influence ant community structure.

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.   

Stay Tuned for Plant Sale Details!

We are currently working out details but anticipate we will be able to start the pre-ordering process later this month.  For details:

Upcoming Events:

Feb 14 (Today): 2 pm Sunday, February 14 at 2 pm
LaGrange Park Library, 555 N LaGrange Road. Retired Naturalist Jack MacRae will be using a slide show to illustrate the wide variety of Indian Mounds that we have in Illinois. Jack will share where mounds can be found, what purpose they served, and what story they tell. This is a free Save the Prairie Society Event.

February 19: Rick Darke (coauthored Living Landscapes with Doug Tallamy) is coming to the Chicago Botanic Garden to give a visual workshop which will explore ways to incorporate: Habitat, sustainability and eco-system enhancement into landscape designs. He will illustrate: Layers, Edges, Functions, Connections and Wildness. Look for a day with both inspiration and strategies for making truly living landscapes. Register here: Landscape Design Association

February 20, 7:30 PM:
Combine your love of music and nature at the contemporary classical quartet ETHEL's performance at Dominican University.  This unique multimedia presentation features more than 3,000 photos commissioned in the 1970s by the Environmental Protection Agency—images of strip mining, pollution and urban decline, as well as natural beauty—which will be projected on the large screen of the Lund Auditorium as a backdrop to the concert.  More information:

March 4-6: One Earth Film Fest returns!  The full list of films has been released.   West Cook Wild Ones and Oak Park Edible Garden Cooperative are sponsoring the film Inhabit, a film about permaculture. There will be panel-facilitated discussion after the film.  Panel consists of local Permaculture and native plant advocates.

March 20, 10:30am-12:00pm Pam Todd (WCWO President) and Katarina Berin (Board Member) will present at Oak Park Temple's Speaking of Green Event.  They will share the beauty and benefits of native plants.  Last year, we donated some plants to help them start a native garden as part of their Green Chaverim Initiatives.  

March 20, 2:30-4:3- PM: Our monthly program: Focus on Bats with Trailside Museum Naturalist Sara Rose. She will help us understand and appreciate these amazing and beneficial but often maligned flying mammals.  The discussion will center on local bat species, natural history, identification, and habitats.  

April 3: We are sponsoring a showing of Symphony of the Soil at the North Riverside Library at 1:30.  Seating is limited: first come, first seated.

Nature Needs You!
2016 Opportunities in Nature Monitoring Workshops, Sponsored by Cook County Forest Preserves: 

Click on any topic that interests you; it will take you to another site for details and registration.

Community Outreach:

February 4th: Stephanie Walquist presented "Wildly Beneficial" to the well-attended PlanItGreen's Lunch and Learn (the delicious lunch was made by Sugar Beet).  The presentation discussed the many benefits that native plantings can provide to institutions.  We look forward to seeing changes in area landscapes as more places use native plants to preserve water, support pollinators, and sequester carbon, all of which creates healthier, happier people.   E-mail if you would like us to present to your organization.  Other presentations include: Eco-friendly Clean-up Practices and Butterfly Gardening

West Cook Wild Ones has formed a collaboration with Green Community Connections, Oak Park Area Edible Gardening Cooperative, Treekeepers, and Go Green OPRF. This collaboration is called the Living Landscapes Project, which is one of the five finalists for the Big Idea Competition.  Thank you to all of our members and supporters--it's because of you that we were able to complete a plan and submit it. A lot of work is still ahead of us. We stay inspired and hopeful because of you.  Stay tuned for details!  The Final Pitch is February 25, and tickets are available here:
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Your Input/Volunteer Opportunities

If you are a West Cook Wild Ones member and would like to help out behind the scenes, we would love those who have time, energy, and commitment to help us reach our mission. You can enter information in the Volunteer Form (link below) or send us an e-mail.  

There is a lot that we can do as an organization, and we can accomplish even more with your help.  Let us know what you are interested in doing--we have lots of openings for helping out with gardens, community outreach, seed preparation and packaging.  Just click here: Volunteer Form.  Thanks!

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

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