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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 […]

Partnership with Quest4Earth takes flight

Partnership with Quest4Earth takes flight

Bird conservationist Judy Pollock and nature photographer Fran Morel joined a group of animated fifth-graders on Saturday for an exploration of birds in our community. The group meets every other Saturday throughout the school year. The hands-on program, called Quest4Earth, was developed by the Tiz […]

Phased out

Phased out

We opened up a new front yesterday toward the south end of Harbert Park. There’s a wooded area there that’s frequented by migratory birds. (You can look up some of the sightings on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird hot spot list.) Underneath the towering […]

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 […]

Back to the buckthorn

Back to the buckthorn

As most of our native trees are losing their leaves, non-native buckthorn and bush honeysuckle stand out with their dark green foliage, making this an ideal time for identifying them—and cutting them down. This winter, we plan to continue clearing these invasive plants from sections […]

For the birds

For the birds

Fall migration is winding down, and our planting sites along the North Shore Channel look raw. But if all goes well, by next fall, migrating birds will find an even more welcoming stopover place here in Evanston as they pass through on their way south […]

Planting the sun and the moon

Planting the sun and the moon

“I love getting dirty!” Just what we like to hear when a group of young people come out to work on the channel project. Armed with trowels and abundant energy, a Y.O.U. afterschool group from Edison Elementary joined us Thursday to plant wildflowers and grasses […]

Messiness is beautiful

Messiness is beautiful

Habitat gardens like the one in front of the Civic Center can look messy to those of us who grew up with trimmed hedges and bright annuals—until you get to know and appreciate the beauty behind the messiness. Stewards have been spading around the edges […]

A perfect day for planting

A perfect day for planting

Community members came out today to  help plant wildflowers and grasses in the Ladd Arboretum’s new sun garden. The planting was part of Evanston’s local Oaktober celebration, held each year to raise awareness of the importance of oaks and oak ecosystems throughout the state. The […]

Working with Y.O.U. at Twiggs Park

Working with Y.O.U. at Twiggs Park

Over the summer, volunteers cleared the area around the Twiggs Park overlook, and yesterday city staff planted more than 40 shrubs and trees. Today, a group from Y.O.U. (Youth and Opportunity United) joined the older volunteers to plant flowers and grasses—just in time for the […]