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

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Planting for diversity

Planting for diversity

Saturday was cool and wet, but a truckload of plants awaited, so our tough band of volunteers got to work with shovels and trowels. Four hours later, several hundred plugs—young wildflowers, grasses, and sedges—were in the ground at sites along the channel banks stretching from […]

“All of us could join and try to help the earth”

“All of us could join and try to help the earth”

Our friends at Quest4Earth wrapped up their spring season last week as they shared with their families a series of multimedia projects  that capture what they’ve been learning about birds, habitat restoration, and environmental stewardship. In his presentation, Therry says: “Making bird feeders, bird houses—that […]

In bloom

In bloom

A year ago the space at the northeast corner of the Civic Center was a wet, weedy lawn. This month, the garden that took root there last summer has demonstrated that native plants are attractive not only to birds, bees, and butterflies, but to people, […]

Pitching in on Chicago River Day

Pitching in on Chicago River Day

Another section of the channel banks was transformed on Saturday as the community came together to plant native trees and shrubs in front of the Ecology Center. It was part of Chicago River Day, an annual event organized by our partners at Friends of the […]

Migratory birds are here: come watch at the Ladd Arboretum

Migratory birds are here: come watch at the Ladd Arboretum

How are the birds liking the habitat work along the North Shore Channel? Come on a bird walk with Judy Pollock next Tuesday and find out! This is the height of migration and we should have some interesting sightings. Learn a bit about the habitat […]

Mayapple season

Mayapple season

On Earth Day, celebrated by the City of Evanston on April 21, a group from Dewey Elementary joined TreeKeepers and other volunteers in mulching trees and planting wildflowers in the Ladd Arboretum. More than 50 pots of mayapples went into the ground along shady stretches […]

A beautiful day for buckthorn cutting

A beautiful day for buckthorn cutting

Sunshine raised spirits at the last buckthorn clearing of the season yesterday, as more than 40 volunteers pitched in to clear a large section of the Harbert Park woods. This group from Quest4Earth, a Saturday STEM program, has been learning about migratory birds and habitat […]

Spring really is here: time to mark your calendar

Spring really is here: time to mark your calendar

With the arrival of spring last week, we’re looking forward to a new season of growth.  Here are some happenings at project sites along the North Shore Channel: Saturday, April 7, 10:00 am-12:00 noon Invasive clearing in Harbert Park—Before we put away our loppers and […]

A perfect day for buckthorn  cutting

A perfect day for buckthorn cutting

Sunshine and cool weather: a perfect day for cutting buckthorn. Working together, 13 volunteers made another large dent in the wall of invasive trees on the south end of Harbert Park on Sunday afternoon, picking up trash while they were at it. Yellow ribbons mark […]

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 […]