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

Native plants

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 […]

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 […]

A time to plant: Oaktober at the Ladd Arboretum

A time to plant: Oaktober at the Ladd Arboretum

We will be celebrating Oak Awareness Month on Saturday, October 7, at the Evanston Ecology Center’s third annual Oaktober Festival. “Oaktober” is a statewide effort to raise awareness of the value of the region’s native oak ecosystems. Oak trees are not only beautiful and long-lived—they […]

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 […]

Black walnuts

Black walnuts

If you’ve walked through the Ladd Arboretum recently, chances are you’ve noticed some deposits like this—and maybe the sound of chewing overhead. It seems to be a mast year for the black walnut tree in this area, and the squirrels have been taking advantage of […]

Finding inspiration in the Civic Center Demonstration Garden

Finding inspiration in the Civic Center Demonstration Garden

Home gardeners and landscapers looking for inspiration will find plenty in the garden that is now coming into its own in front of the Morton Civic Center. The garden demonstrates landscaping principles that take into account the timing of migratory birds’ needs for food and […]

More habitat for water-dwellers

More habitat for water-dwellers

Friends of the Chicago River continued work along the North Shore Channel banks in mid-July, focusing efforts along sections of the channel that run through Evanston. Water willow and lizard’s tail, sourced from the nearby DuPage and Fox Rivers, will form colonies along the channel […]