Invasive Buckthorn by the Numbers

INVASIVE PLANTS DEFINED native plant: in North America, a plant that was found in a particular area prior to European settlement or has arrived since then through natural means of dispersal. Example: side oats grama, Bouteloua curtipendula non-native plant: in North America, a plant that was introduced to a particular area after European settlement via …

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Habitat 2030: Young Chicagoans Who Love Nature

The Forest Preserves of Cook County recently did a write-up on Habitat 2030, an environmental stewardship volunteer group I’ve recently become involved with: http://fpdcc.com/volunteer-spotlight-habitat-2030. Our events include fun stuff like habitat restoration (removing invasive species, collecting native seeds), bioblitzes, camping, gullywalking, and good ol’ hiking within the awe-inspiring Chicago Wilderness. Removing old sign posts at …

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Wild Geranium Has Popped!

I did not know until recently how awesome wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) fruits are. This geranium is from April 5th, 2012. Geranium started flowering a couple weeks later this year (you’ll recall last year was freakish). This guy’s ready to pop! The developed fruit photos are from June 19th, 2013. And whoosh. The seeds have …

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Shabbona County Park in Spring

Shabbona County Park is a [publicly accessible] postage stamp spring woodland in a sea of corn and soy. Tiptoeing through the robust carpet of spring ephemerals. Cutleaf toothworts, woodland phlox, rue anemone, wild leeks, spring beauties, Dutchman’s breeches, trout lilies, mayapples, trilliums. Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) flowers with a pinkish tinge my camera failed to …

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Maramech Phenology

phenology (n): study of the influence of climate on recurring natural phenomena 1881, from German (phänologisch, Karl Fritsch, 1853) from Latin phaeno-, from Greek phaino-, from phainein “to show” Show yourselves, little plants of Maramech Forest Preserve! It’s early April, time for some of you to wake up. Hello skunk cabbage & marsh marigold. Laying …

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