Environmental Conservation

A Monarch’s View of the City

The iconic monarch butterfly and other pollinators are in trouble.  Monarch butterfly habitat— including milkweed host plants and nectar food sources—has declined drastically throughout most of the United States. Population levels have also exhibited a long-term downward trend, suggesting that loss of habitat is a major factor in monarch declines. Fortunately we can reverse this decline! By adding the plants monarchs need to survive, primarily native milkweed and other native flowers, to home gardens, schools, offices, and farms we can bring back the monarch.

Upcoming public events! January-March 2016

I have five public speaking engagements coming up in the next few months, all of them different. It would be great to see you there! -------------------------------------------------
January 19 (Tuesday): Lake Cook Audubon Society (free)
7:00pm, Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park "Tales from the Bird Crypt: Stories from the Field Museum Bird Collection"

Northerly Island reopens!

It's been a long time coming: after more than two years of construction, this morning Northerly Island officially reopened. Although not "officially" open until 10am, many people were out early this morning enjoying the new paved walkway that loops through the southern 40 acres of the park. I was one of those people, hoping for some interesting migrants and checking out the site's birding potential. 

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