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

Invasive clearing

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Harbert Park clearing begins

Harbert Park clearing begins

Reviving natural areas in urban settings sometimes starts with chainlink fences and broken bottles. On Saturday, a group of volunteers came out to start the process in Harbert Park. We’re focusing on the overlook deck near McDaniel Avenue and Crain Street. Big cottonwood trees shade […]

What goes and what stays?

What goes and what stays?

The overlook deck at Harbert Park has been cleaned and repaired, and we’re ready to start preparing the site around it for planting this fall. What will we do when volunteers arrive tomorrow morning? In a setting like this, some things are obvious. We’ll have […]

Community work day in Twiggs Park

Community work day in Twiggs Park

On Saturday, the City of Evanston’s North Shore Channel Habitat Project brought together city staff and community volunteers to begin work in Twiggs Park. Volunteers from of the YMCA Camp Echo Alumni network, Twiggs Park Neighbors for Peace Block Club, Twiggs Community Garden, and Evanston […]

Working our way along the channel banks

Working our way along the channel banks

Buckthorn and honeysuckle clearing continued yesterday along the banks of the North Shore Channel. Volunteers worked with a city crew in a section northeast of the Ecology Center. We’ve been using hand tools so far, but the city’s forestry crew will remove larger trees later […]

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 […]

Clearing the way for new plants

Clearing the way for new plants

Regular visitors to the Ladd Arboretum will notice a difference this week, after volunteers and a city greenways crew cleared invasive trees and shrubs along a section of the channel bank northeast of the Ecology Center. Clearing is a necessary step in re-creating diverse native […]