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

Wildlife

Celebrating pollinators at the Ladd Arboretum

Celebrating pollinators at the Ladd Arboretum

Wildflower plantings at the Ladd Arboretum were abuzz with bees and butterflies on Saturday during the Ecology Center’s Pollinator Fest.  Orange butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) is beginning to set seed, while obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana), prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya), and rosinweed (Silphium integrifolium) are […]

A place to chill

A place to chill

By mid-summer, tall trees cast cooling shade along the channel-side path through the Ladd Arboretum.  Frequent visitors will recognize the big cottonwood that’s just beyond the Ecology Center. Cottonwoods favor damp areas and streamsides so they are often found growing along the North Shore Channel. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Living with a beaver

Living with a beaver

The Ladd Arboretum’s resident beaver has been active this month. Volunteers have been active, too, installing fences to try to protect some vulnerable trees. On Saturday, a group of Northwestern physics and astronomy students worked on a big cottonwood in an attempt to save the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

National Night Out at Twiggs Park

National Night Out at Twiggs Park

With initial clearing finished around the Twiggs Park overlook, the channel has once again come into view. During National Night Out yesterday evening, neighbors joined bird conservation expert Judy Pollock to see if they could spot one of the great blue herons that regularly use […]

Noticing

Noticing

Even a cyclist riding through the arboretum at high speed this week can’t miss the bright orange butterfly milkweed.  But there are more modest sights and sounds for those who move more slowly along the gravel path near the channel. Rustling leaves caught Vince’s attention […]