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Tour of Lake in the Hills Fen

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On Saturday, June 23, Northern Kane County Wild Ones will tour Lake-in-the Hills-Fen. Beginning at 10:00 AM, we will meet at the Barbara Key Park at Shelter #2. Dave Schwaegler, Lake-in-the-Hills Fen plant, butterfly and bird monitor, will lead the tour. Lake-in-the-Hills Fen is nearly 500 acres of unspoiled native Illinois Landscape with dry hills… Read more »

Hometown Habitat Movie Featuring Doug Tallamy

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“Hometown Habitat,” is a 90-minute environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Featured is entomologist, Doug Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the misuse of non-native plants in landscaping sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the… Read more »

Popcorn and a Movie

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We are happy to announce our January meeting?popcorn and a movie? on January 26, 7 PM at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 4N462 Tina Trail, Elgin, IL.  We are pleased to be presenting Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home with Doug Tallamy.  This documentary features Doug himself sharing stories from around the country that… Read more »

Wisconsin Road Trip a Smashing Success

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On Saturday morning August 27, 2016?at about 6:35 a.m.,?the bus arrived at Christ the Lord?church?for our very first Northern Kane County Wild Ones road trip. Our lovely driver,?Sonseray White greeted us warmly as we embarked in a light, but steady rain (it continued all morning).?Shirley brought a list of all attendees to check off, and… Read more »

Karen Sherman Garden Walk in Elgin

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Join us for a garden walk on September 24 at 10Am at Karen’s house, 35W934 Highland Avenue in Elgin, to walk her lovely garden that borders Tyler Creek. Although mostly woodland and savannah, with many native species of shrubs and trees, sedges, grasses and ferns, her garden also includes prairie plants tucked into sunny areas…. Read more »

International Crane Foundation and Aldo Leopold Foundation Tour

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Join us as we take our first bus tour to Wisconsin. We are visiting?Aldo Leopold Center and the International Crane Foundation. You’ll need to bring a sack lunch and snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, closed-toe shoes.?Dress for the weather. You may leave your personal?items?on the bus during our tours. Tickets are available online. Register… Read more »

From Beach to Beach

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On?Thursday, July 21 and Saturday July 23, we will be having an exciting two day event.? At?7:00 PM?on the evening of?Thursday, July 21, we will meet at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center (28 Brookside Drive, Elgin) to hear the presentation:? FROM BEACH TO BEECH: the sand dunes of Lake Michigan by Naturalist Jack Shouba. The sand… Read more »

Native Garden Walk in Elgin

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Please join us for a walk at the gardens of members Mary Alice Masonick and Laurie Peters in the Wildwood Valley subdivision in Elgin. Meet at the home of Mary Alice and Joe Masonick (38W668 Ridgewood Lane, Elgin) at?10:00?on?Saturday, May 21.? From there we will walk the short distance to the home of Laurie Peters… Read more »

The Exciting World of Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Discover the exciting world and dragonflies and damselflies and learn about the Master Naturalist program sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension. Join us for our next meeting on?Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 PM?at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin. Sarah Fellerer, program coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist… Read more »

Bret Rappaport Reflections on Wild Ones Founder Lorrie Otto

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Please join us for our monthly meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 7PM at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin, IL. We are happy to have Bret Rappaport speak about Lorrie Otto, the person who was the inspiration for and one of the founders of Wild Ones, and who Bret calls… Read more »

Green Fire Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time Movie

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Please join us for our first meeting of 2016 on Thursday, January 28 at 7 PM at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church (12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin) for popcorn and a movie. Member Jan Sorensen, who completed the Land Ethic Leadership training at the Aldo Leopold Center in Baraboo, WI, will give us some background information… Read more »

Annual Holiday Potluck and Officer Elections

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Please join Northern Kane County Wild Ones for our holiday potluck on?Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 PM?at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church: ?12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin, IL. This will be a great time to look back on our wonderful year and enjoy the company of our fellow Kane County Wild Ones friends. To ensure we… Read more »

Native Bees and Other Pollinators with Ronald Blauwkamp

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Learn the difference between honeybees and our native bees at the monthly meeting of Northern Kane County Wild Ones on?Thursday, October 22, at?7:00 PM?at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 12N462 Tina Trail in Elgin, Il. This month we welcome Ronald Blauwkamp who will highlight differences between honeybees and our native bees. Both gardeners and non-gardeners… Read more »

Elgin and Algonquin Native Garden Tours

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On Saturday, August 22, 23 intrepid garden enthusiasts toured the prairie gardens of Dale Steichen in Elgin. Dale and his wife have been working on their property for the past 15 years. Inspired by volunteering in nearby Burnidge Forest Preserve, Dale has gradually been turning his two acre property into primarily native plant haven. It… Read more »

Butterfly Species of Northern Illinois with Doug?Taron

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Please join us for an exciting two session event on the evening of June 25 and the morning of Saturday, June 27, 2015. We are happy to have Doug?Taron, Curator of Biology and VP of Conservation and Research at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, as our presenter. The meeting will begin at 7:00 at Christ… Read more »

Tour Dale Steichen Native Gardens and Wildlife Habitat

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Join us for a?tour of?Dale Steichen’s property in?Elgin, IL on?08/29/2015 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Here is how Dale describes his property: I have two acres, which includes wet land, woods and prairie which we began restoring over 15 years ago.?A lot of the plants are herbs and there is always something in bloom… Read more »

Monarch Butterfly?s Life Cycle and Habitat

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On?July 23, 2015?Zoe Mei and Olivia Rose Rudd will be presenting on the Monarch Butterfly?s life cycle, how to raise Monarch butterflies, and how to create a butterfly-friendly habitat in an hour long presentation. They have raised thousands of butterflies since 2006 and are very happy to be sharing their accumulated knowledge with others who… Read more »

Why Native Bees and Other Pollinators Are Important With Ronald Blaukamp

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For our October 22, 2015 meeting, Ronald Blaukamp presents “Native bees and the various species and identifiers: Is it a bee, a fly, a wasp?” Learn about the various species of pollinators including native bees and what do they need as habitat and forage. Ronald will cover the highlights of the differences between honeybees and… Read more »

Conservation@Home Presentation and Garden Tour

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Beth Adler and April Anderson from the Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT) will give a presentation 05/23/2015 at 10:00 am Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, at 12N462 Tina Trail in Elgin about the Conservation@Home Program. Conservation @ Home educates, supports and recognizes homeowners who incorporate eco-friendly (or best management) practices into their yard. The foundation… Read more »

Native Plant Sale 2015

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Come out to our Northern Kane County Wild Ones Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10:00 to 1:00 at ????????????????????Hawthorne Hill Nature Center 28 Brookside Drive Elgin, IL. near I-90 and Route 20.?Native plants refer to hardy perennials, trees and shrubs that are indigenous to our area. Northern Kane County Wild Ones… Read more »

Birdscaping our Yards with Jim Kleinwachter of the Conservation Foundation

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Northern Kane County Wild Ones is pleased to have Jim Kleinwachter of the Conservation Foundation present a program on?03/26/2015 called “Birdscaping our Yards”, for the benefit of Birds and other creatures.?We have transformed almost the entire landscape of the region. While some of these changes may favor some creatures, it limits other. The diversity, or… Read more »

The Beauty of a Working Landscape: A Rain Garden Primer

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Rain gardens can be confusing and maybe even a bit scary to think about. Are they wet? How about mosquitos? What plants will work? Where do I put them and how? This presentation on 4/16/2015 will take the mystery out the idea and help you see the beauty of a working landscape right in your… Read more »

Author Pat Hill Native Plants Throughout the Year

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Pat Hill, of Pat Hill Landscape Design, Elgin, IL., co-founder and former president of Northern Kane County Wild Ones will take us?through the year, from March-early spring-through February-late winter-that shows one how to create long-blooming prairie and savanna gardens in ones own yard, no matter what the size. Pat moved into her Sears bungalow in… Read more »

WPPC 23rd annual Natural Landscaping Seminar

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The Wildflower Preservation and Prorogation Committee presents the 23rd annual Natural Landscaping Seminar Saturday, February 28, 2015 8:00 a.m.?3:30 p.m. McHenry County College Conference Center Featuring: Dr. Gerould Wilhelm: ?Consilience, Concinnity, and The Way? Co-Author of the definitive Plants of the Chicago Region Director of Research, Conservation Research Institute Doug Taron: ?Butterflies of the American… Read more »

29th Annual Natural Area Management Seminar Garfield Farm Museum

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I can hear the premature melt of snow trickling about-it is not visible just the sound around the barn foundations or building downspouts here at Garfield Farm Museum. That hint of a new season to come means it is time to get out word about the annual Native Plant/Natural Area/Prairie/Woodlands/Wetlands Management Seminar whatever one chooses… Read more »

Dirt! The Movie: Jan. 22 at 6:30

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Join the Northern Kane County Wild Ones group for popcorn and view “Dirt! The Movie” on Jan. 22, 2015. This is our first meeting of the new year. Come at 6:30 to meet and mingle, the movie will begin at 7:00. We meet at Christ our Lord Lutheran Church, 12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin, IL. All… Read more »

Tour of RiverPark Geneva

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Please join us at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 28 for a walk along lovely RiverPark in Geneva, Il, with Mary Zaander, who was one of the people who spearheaded the movement to save the area that is now RiverPark from becoming a condominium development.? Mary is also president and founder of Witness Tree Native… Read more »

Garden Tours May 24

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Northern Kane County Wild Ones will have two garden tours on Saturday, May 24 beginning at 10:00 AM.? The first tour will be at 40W992 Creekwood Drive in Elgin? This property is an acre of prairie which includes woodland, mesic and wetland plants.? Backing up to Bowes Creek, there is a wide variety of birds,… Read more »

May 3–2nd Annual Plant Sale

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Northern Kane County Wild Ones announces their second annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. at the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, just north of the intersection of Route 20 and Randall Road in Elgin. With more than twice as many plants and dozens more species this year,… Read more »

Rascher Yard and Trout Park Tour Saturday, April 26th

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Our April program and first tour of 2014 is one you won?t want to miss. First we will take a tour of Nancy Rascher?s garden at 545 Glenwood Trail, Elgin?at 10:00 AM.??Nancy is the daughter of Ginny Umberger, a long time Elgin resident who has tenderly loved and nurtured her land.? Nancy?s garden has many… Read more »

Popcorn and a Movie – More Than Honey to show this Thursday, March 27th

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More Than Honey – a film by Markus Imhoof Fifty years ago, Einstein had already insisted on the symbiotic relationship binding these pollen gatherers to mankind: ?If bees were to disappear from the globe,? he predicted, ?mankind would only have four years left to live.? Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have… Read more »

Protected Lands Should be Protected – A Call to Action!

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Join the Northern Kane County Wild Ones on Thursday, February 27, 2014 for a presentation by?Carol Grom, member of the League of Women Voters, Elgin Area. Carol will be discussing the study she and her committee conducted on possible gravel mining in the Brunner Forest Preserve in Northern Kane County. In the course of researching… Read more »