Pre-order Plants Deadline; April's Program; Help with Outreach

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Plant Sale Pre-order Until April 15th


Plant sale pre-ordering is about to end, and there are limited quantities of certain plants.  Don't forget!  Wild Ones members receive a discount of 10%; use this discount code at checkout: MEMSAVE10.  Browse and shop here:

Plant pick-up is May 14.  Time is tentatively scheduled for 11-3 at Euclid Methodist Church’s parking lot, 405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302.   Please e-mail us if you need to make some arrangements for pick-up.

We will have some plants available for purchase at the pick-up date, but types and quantities will be limited because we can't return what we don't sell.  

New!! You asked, and we responded.  Available on our site are potential garden plans using plants from our sale.  Woodland, Butterfly, Basic Native Garden, are a few suggested plans.  You can use the plans as is, consult with your landscaper or garden coach, or adjust as needed.


April 17 Program:  Native Orchids of Illinois, Kathleen Garness

April 17, 2016  2:30-4:30 PM.  Room 259, The Priory, 7200 W Division St., River Forest, IL

Program Description:

Many people are completely unaware of Illinois’s incredible biological diversity, and its national and international leadership role in conservation. Kathleen will present an overview of all of Illinois’s native orchid species with some considerations about their conservation and future as "canaries in the coal mine" of habitat and surface water quality.

Kathleen Garness has been studying and illustrating orchids - native and tropical - for decades. Her artwork has been exhibited widely and her articles published in many venues, including Chicago Wilderness Magazine, Smithsonian in Your Classroom, and Keys to Nature - Orchids on the Field Museum website. Kathleen brings both an artist’s and a natural areas steward’s perspective to native orchid conservation.

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: Kathleen Garness

Highlights of our February Lecture:  All About Ants

Dr. Sean Menke gave a talk to a full house of 40 enthusiastic listeners.  We found out many interesting facts about ants, and many people had questions.  

Here are some of the interesting facts we learned on our way to becoming amateur myrmecologists:
  • 16,000 species of ants
  • 131 species known to exist in Illinois
  • Ants are ecologically important as they redistribute nutrients to plants and aerate the soil
  • 75% of forest plants rely on ants to move their seeds around
  • Ants love to feed on sugary and fat foods, just as humans do

Dr. Menke recommended the following book if you want to learn more about ants:
Journey to the Ants  by E..O. Wilson and Bert Holldobler

If you want to find an ongoing online source of information on ants, the University of Illinois Extension provides a site on Scoop-It that is updated regularly with hundreds of facts and articles about ants...


Reminder of Save the Prairie Society Event: Joel Greenburg Will Present "Contested Ground: The Changing Flora & Fauna of the Chicago Region" 

Tuesday, April 12 at 7 pm.
For more information: visit


Our Board Can't Do It All by Ourselves

Fun and Impactful Events--Help Out Biodiversity through Community Outreach Opportunities

West Cook Wild Ones is run by a volunteer board, and we are receiving so many requests to be present at so many local and farther afield events, that our board members can't be everywhere.  We are so thrilled that we are in this situation.  Truly, the importance of native plants is becoming more understood in the wider public, but more work still needs to be done, and we need your help. 

We have some fun events on the horizon, and we STILL  need some extra hands.  It's a great way to get to know like-minded people and help out the environment. 

Upcoming events:
  • Oak Park's Earth Fest
  • WBEZ is doing an Earth Day Broadcast at Adler Planetarium: 4/22 & 4/23, Friday and Saturday.  Anyone want to come and help us table and even participate in a prairie planting?  
  • Help us at our night for Oak Park's Thursday's Night Out on July 21, 2016. Come and take a shift either from 5-7 pm or 7-9p or both!  Help the environment by assisting with recapturing resources and minimizing landfill use. Each volunteer will receive a TNO book, with a value of $16 that can be used at any TNO. Please put your name in (first name is ok) and in the comment section write West Cook Wild Ones.  You can e-mail us with the time spot you would like too. 
  • Help at the plant sale pick-up.  Assist others with picking up their orders, organizing plants and orders, etc.  
E-mail us to join in the fun!  Let us know what you'd like to do 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. You are receiving this e-mail because you came to one of our meetings or events.

Sincerely, The West Cook Wild Ones Team

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