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Science Needs You: Become a Citizen Scientist

Presenters: Dr. Emily Minor and Stephanie Walquist 

June 25, 2017, 2:30-4:30 PM
Dole Library, 225 Augusta St. Oak Park, IL

plant iconScientists are crowdsourcing research, using the Internet and social media to call on volunteers like you to help in small ways with large-scale, important research projects. You will learn about nature-based citizen science projects that are right outside your door. Signing up is as simple as setting up an account on the the research organization's website. Bring your smartphone or a laptop. Urban Ecologist Emily Minor, associate professor at UIC, and our own Stephanie Walquist, an active participant, will recommend projects of interest to native plant gardeners and environmentalists. Learn more. 


Native Plant Sale Pickup

Saturday, June 24, 2017
10 a.m - 2  p.m.
Euclid Methodist Church, 405 S. Euclid in Oak Park

Plant pick-up is just two weeks away. Get it on your calendar. The weather-related postponement means healthier plants for you.

We need volunteers!

Please help out if you can. You'll learn to identify the plants and meet wonderful people too. We have slots for Friday or set up, when we especially need help with monarch kit assembly, and during the sale.   For the sale to go smoothly, we need many hands.  
Also of interest

How to Bring Native Plants Into an Established Garden
Many people wonder how to get started with native plants. It's easy, as this article from Houzz makes clear. 

Monarch Butterflies on Chicago's South Side
Eden Place Nature Center at Fuller Park in Chicago has been featured in the MonarchLive webcast program as an example of how small urban spaces can deliver for monarchs. Through the center's propagation and tagging activities, kids engaged with science and nature. Just the sort of project we'll be talking about at the June 25 meeting on citizen science.

Aphids Have Arrived
Now is the time to keep an eye on plants to make sure that aphids don't get a foothold on any of your plants, especially milkweed.  Here is an article from us about how to handle aphids without harming their predators and/or Monarch eggs/caterpillars. Aphids: What to Do

Oak Park Green Block Parties
Green Community Connections is partnering with the Village of Oak Park and has made it easier than ever to get a green block party with expanded "themes."  One of the themes is Mobilizing for Monarchs.  Read more here Green Block Party Options and then register with the Village of Oak Park.

Visit our Facebook page for more stories like these. 
Yellow Bumblebee, (Bombus fervidus), identified by BeeSpotter, a citizen science project of UIC.  Participate in their BeeBlitz on June 17th.  
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