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The July 4th Parade was so much fun--we brought the bio to the diversity theme of the parade as we passed out Prairie Sun Drops and Purple Prairie Clover seeds and even some seedlings of Wild Petunia and Rose Milkweed.  


Native Plantings to Attract Migratory Birds, Presented by Judy Pollock


July 19, 2015.  2:30-4:30 PM.  Room 259, The Priory, 7200 W Division St., River Forest, IL

Millions of migratory birds stream through our region twice yearly. They fly at night in a broad front across the state and land at daybreak in the nearest available habitat.  Our yards can play an important role in wildlife conservation by providing food and shelter for them.  In this presentation, learn the principles of gardening for the different guilds of landbird migrants, and get some specific native plant ideas and resources for more information.

Judy Pollock is a Project Manager with Living Habitats, a landscape architecture, ecological services and environmental planning firm.  She was Bird Conservation Director for Audubon Chicago Region for 15 years and was the founding president of the Bird Conservation Network.  She has planned and/or implemented bird habitat projects such as the Bartel Grassland and Spring Creek habitat restorations and the Migratory Makeovers program of the Chicago Migratory Bird Alliance. She writes and speaks frequently about landscaped and natural bird habitat.

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.  

Photo of Scarlet Tanager by Judy Pollock

Watch this moving short video shared by Cornell Lab of Ornithology on Facebook: Migratory ConnectivityProject: The Songbirds Return

Future WCWO Events:

August 16: Small Changes Have Big Impacts presented by Kathleen Garness (presentation on invasive plants)
September 13: Mushrooms of the Chicago Region, presented by Patrick Leacock, President of the Illinois Mycological Association and an Adjunct Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History

Sugar Beet's Edible Garden Tour, July 25

Come and get inspired by the creative ways local gardeners incorporate edibles into their landscapes. Pam Todd (West Cook Wild Ones' President) will share how she uses native plants that support beneficial insect populations and also provide edible food for humans.  Below is the description for her yard:

More than 50 varieties of native plants grow in this garden that has been designed to produce a new palette of colors, scents, and shapes in every season, as well as food and habitat for humans, birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. There is enough for all!   

Foundation plantings have been replaced with black currant bushes that produce edible fruit for humans and wildlife, an Amelanchier with berries for the birds, Wahoo Euonymous for brilliant fall color, wonderfully scented prairie rose, smooth hydrangeas that are always buzzing with bumblebees and other native pollinators, and oak leaf hydrangeas.  The shade garden features a variety of Spring ephemerals including Jacob’s ladder, Virginia bluebells, wild ginger, columbine, mayapples, blood root, wild geranium, and celandine poppies.

Walk to the back and you’ll discover a pocket prairie that is lush with a wide variety of grasses and flowers, including little bluestem, tufted hair grass, prairie dropseed, Canada milk vetch, indigo, cardinal flower, butterfly weed, rosin weed, yellow coneflowers, purple prairie clover, partridge pea, wild pansies, anise hyssop, a volunteer chokecherry, and many more. Monarchs, commas, red admirals, hummingbird moths, skippers, sooty wings,  swallowtails, dragonflies, and fireflies visit the garden.  Swallows fly over at dusk catching bugs.  White throats, catbirds,  and house finches drop by to sing, and goldfinches feast on the cup plant seeds and drink water from the leaves.  

Human edibles, including kale, swiss chard, tomatoes, and a variety of herbs have been blended into the gently curving flower beds in the front yard and the square-foot garden in back hosts a beanstalk worth of Jack. 

To learn more and to register:

Your Input/Volunteer Opportunities

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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