Pat Armstrong speaks on native plants you can eat. 
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This newsletter shares the many social and educational opportunities to make the wintery month of January a productive one. 

Seed Exchange & Native Edible Plants

Presenter: Pat Armstrong

Sunday, January 21, 2:00 - 4:30 PM
Maze Library, 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park, IL

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Seed Sharing, 2:00 - 2:30 PM
We'll start off with time for socializing and exchanging seeds. If you’re sharing, bring seeds in a labeled envelope or other container. Only recently collected, straight native plant seeds, please.  If you’d like to bring seeds home, bring envelopes and a pen. (Save the date: There will a wintersowing workshop at Seguin Gardens on Feb 4th at 11:30.)

Presentation at 2:30 PM
Learn about edible natives for your yard. Educator Pat Armstrong brings a lifetime of experience in living with nature, advocating as a pioneering Wild Ones chapter co-founder, and teaching in a variety of settings.

Seed exchange and program details.

Oak Park and River Forest Resilient Communities Forum

Wednesday, January 31 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
19th Century Club, 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park, IL Oak Park, IL

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Get informed, inspired and connected for the year ahead at the Oak Park/River Forest Resilient Communities Forum.

Hear firsthand the latest sustainability news from the North American Mayor’s Summit in Chicago, the Chicago Community Climate Forum, and the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany. Local residents who took part in these events, including Village President Catherine Adduci(River Forest) and Mayor Anan Abu Taleb (Oak Park), have been invited to share their reflections and “takeaways” on how cities are taking action to build more resilient and sustainable communities. Read more at Green Community Connections.

The Community Habitat Symposium

February 24-25
Joliet Junior College

Hosted by the Illinois Native Plant Society’s Kankakee Torrent chapter, the conference features programs in two tracks: home and community habitats and larger scale land management. Keynoter Gerald W. Adelmann is executive director of Openlands, a metropolitan Chicago conservation organization. Symposium web page.
Also of interest

Citizen Science in Action
This cool paper draws from iNaturalist, geo-referenced data of bird-window collisions in support of retrofitting buildings and reducing collisions. PeerJ article.

Habitat on the Edges
Finding room for wildlife on the margins of expanding urban areas. Yale Environment 360 article.

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