Working to restore and care for natural habitat along the North Shore Channel

Caring for plants

Clearing the way for less aggressive plants

Clearing the way for less aggressive plants

One of the misconceptions about native plants is that you can sow seeds and let nature take its course. In reality, it takes planning, good advice, and work to establish a thriving community of native plants. Some of that work involves clearing and managing other […]

Getting ready for spring

Getting ready for spring

City crews have cut back the Civic Center garden, and Doug and Peter stopped by the other day to see how the plants had weathered the winter months. So far, it looks as if there have been few losses from frost heave or rabbits. Allison’s […]

Settling in for the winter

Settling in for the winter

Volunteers took a moment to enjoy the view from the Harbert Park overlook deck today and imagine what it will look like next summer when new shrubs have settled in and put on some new growth. With buckthorn cleared and leaves down, there is a […]

How you can get involved this fall

How you can get involved this fall

Everyone is welcome to join the City of Evanston’s North Shore Channel Habitat Project as we create, restore, and care for bird habitat along the channel and in the demonstration garden in front of the Civic Center. A great way to get involved is to […]

Take a tour of the Civic Center bird garden

Take a tour of the Civic Center bird garden

We created the bird habitat garden in Spring 2017 as the North Shore Channel Habitat Project kicked off as a vivid demonstration of the attractions of gardening with plants native to this region—and of the City of Evanston’s commitment to expanding bird and pollinator habitat […]

Neighbors adopt Civic Center garden

Neighbors adopt Civic Center garden

A group of neighbors has come together to care for the demonstration garden in front of the Morton Civic Center. The garden was planted in June as part of the City’s North Shore Channel Habitat Project. More than 50 varieties of native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, […]

Managing weeds

Managing weeds

Butterfly milkweed is in full bloom now in the Ladd Arboretum. In spite of its name, butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a native plant and host to butterflies and other pollinators. Not everyone agrees about what counts as a weed. In fact, the Evanston Environment […]

At work in the Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary

At work in the Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary

The Northwestern University athletic department staff came out  yesterday to help mulch young trees and shrubs in the city’s new lakefront bird sanctuary. Steward Julie Dorfman demonstrates on a young blackhaw viburnum. The sanctuary was officially dedicated in October 2015.