Calendar of Events

 

Tuesday, 4/7/20  Healthy Hedges   Canceled

Buckthorn outcompetes native plants for moisture and nutrients, while contributing to erosion and ecological imbalance. Experts from the Lake County Forest Preserve will present information that includes identification and removal of this invasive species, plus they will provide great native plant suggestions as replacements. 

7:00 pm – 8:45 pm  

Fremont Public Library 

1170 North Midlothian Rd  Mundelein, IL 60060

Speakers: Matthew Ueltzen & Brett Peto

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Tuesday, 5/5/20  Native Landscaping – One Yard at a Time        Canceled

In addition to supporting beneficial pollinators, butterflies, birds and other wildlife, native plants build healthy soils, prevent erosion and eliminate the need for costly fertilizers and pesticides. This presentation will include how to begin your landscape makeover with natives, the best and easiest plants to start with and great plant resources to get you on your way.

7:00 pm – 8:45 pm  

 Fremont Public Library 

1170 North Midlothian Rd  Mundelein, IL 60060

Speaker: Sandy Washburn

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Tuesday, 6/2/20  New Invaders

This program will cover the biology, behavior and control measures for three new invasive species: Jumping worms, the Viburnum leaf beetle & the Brown Marmorated stink bug. 

7:00 pm – 8:45 pm  

Fremont Public Library 

1170 North Midlothian Rd  Mundelein, IL 60060

Speaker: Nannette Kalscheur

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Tuesday, 7/7/20  Butterflies of the American Prairie

This program explores the butterfly species of northeastern Illinois, their life cycles, and their ecology, with special emphasis on the relationship between caterpillar food plants and habitat. Digital images showcase local species from urban environments, prairies, wetlands, and woodlands.

7:00 pm – 8:45 pm  

Fremont Public Library 

1170 North Midlothian Rd  Mundelein, IL 60060

Speaker: Doug Taron

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Tuesday, 8/4/20  Dragonflies and Damselflies: Frequent Fliers of the Wild Garden

Few insects are as fascinating as Illinois’ dragonflies and damselflies. From their unusual life cycle of transformation, their bizarre sex life, mystifying migratory habits, and their struggle for survival, there is plenty to discover and marvel about! Be amazed at their natural history as you see beautiful close-up images of different species that are found in the Chicago Region. Then, learn how you can become involved in caring for these remarkable flying creature through making your backyard more dragonfly-friendly.

7:00 pm – 8:45 pm  

Fremont Public Library 

1170 North Midlothian Rd  Mundelein, IL 60060

Speaker: Cindy Crosby

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Tuesday, 9/1/20  Identifying Native Trees in Lake County

Learn the basics on how to identify many of our native tree species found throughout Lake County. There will be a follow up Saturday walk in September (date to be determined) at Reed-Turner Woodland where preserve steward Sarah Schultz will provide us with practical tree ID experience.

7:00 pm – 8:45 pm  

Fremont Public Library 

1170 North Midlothian Rd  Mundelein, IL 60060

Speaker: Sarah Schultz

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Tuesday, 10/6/20  State of the Urban Forest – Challenges and Opportunities

When the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) kicked off in 2014, the trees of our region were in a state of transition. We were in the midst of the emerald ash borer crisis, the most common tree was invasive buckthorn, species diversity and canopy cover were low, and land managers and nursery owners were both still reeling from the great recession. The silver lining is the strong partnerships that have grown to solve these problems and improve the health of our urban trees. Come hear how 200 partners across the Chicago Region are working together to tackle challenges and how you can be part of the solution, too. 

7:00 pm – 8:45 pm  

Fremont Public Library 

1170 North Midlothian Rd  Mundelein, IL 60060

Speaker: Melissa Custic

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Saturday, 11/14/20  Native Landscaping Conference

Dr. Douglas Tallamy, renowned author, professor and visionary conservationist, will speak on the state of our global biodiversity and discuss how each of us can help make a difference by turning our landscapes and gardens into conservation corridors for nature.

 

8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center

2007 N. Civic Center Way

Round Lake Beach, IL  

 

  More Conference details coming soon!                              

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Our monthly meetings take place at Fremont Public Library located in Mundelein, Illinois, usually on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

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