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March 2024 Backyard Birds
2024 April Bees 1
2024 April Bees 2
2024 April Cicada Tour 1
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2024 April Cicada Tour 7
2024 Tiny Forests

Nancy Weiting and Christine Dannhausen-Brun

An emerging cicada

Jill Niland holding a model of an emerging cicada

Cherry blossoms

The Pond at Emiy Oaks

Shelly Greenberg, Mr. Renslow, Sig Schmidt

A number of NGS members attended  a Cicada exhbit at the Emily Oaks Nature Park in Skokie. Various exhibits were set up along a woodland walk to learn about the coming cicada "invasion" in the Chicago area. Emily Oaks volunteers and area high school students manned the various exhibits which demonstrated the emergence of the cicadas from the soil, their life-cycle and the types of sounds they make.

Cicadas are NOT harmful to humans, animals or plants in general. However, it is recommended that young trees (3 yrs or less) be covered with netting  to keep cicadas away since the female cicada makes a slit in tree branches to deposit their eggs which can harm young trees. After the eggs develop into larvae, they fall from the tree and burrow into the ground to start the next 17 year cycle.

5/2/24

Tiny Forests (in person)

Our presenter, Christine Dannhausen- Brun from the Nordson Green Earth Foundation, visited us in-person to talk about the Tiny Forest project in the Chicago area.

Nordson Green Earth Foundation is a non-profit focused on improving tree equity in under-resourced neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area.  They work to bring tiny forests to urban communities that lack tree and green space due the systemic and structural racism that shaped these neighborhoods in the last century. The aim is to bring more nature into these neighborhoods in the hopes of achieving greater healthequity through the benefits of nature while also mitigating the effects of climate change. Nordson Green Earth Foundation is working to build collaborations with organizations aligned with the mission of using nature-based solutions to achieve health equity. Nordson Green Earth Foundation is a women-led 501(c)(3) organization.

 

Using the Migakawa Method, they are able to develop a Tiny Forest in an area as small as a parking space. A  Tiny Forest is not just planting a few trees. It is a replication of an actual forest using extensive soil preparation and planting intermixed layers of plants using vines, perennials, shrubs,  shorter trees and taller trees - all native. The area is watered and weeded the first 3 years but the forest is self-sustaining after that. It will mature in 20 years.

 

The first forest is at the Markham, IL Courthouse.

Pam Karlson, Paula Kosin and Eva Mannaberg

PROGRAM/ACTIVITY  NOTES

Our monthly programs are usually held on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Warren Park Field House, 6601 N. Western Ave. Chicago.

 

We usually feature a social get-together with refreshments followed by a guest speaker.

 

To view program and activity offerings from previous years, click here.

4/11/2024

4/21/2024

The Importance of Urban bees

The Cicadas are Coming!

Our presenter was Al Renslow,  a resident and beekeeper of the rooftop hives at The Admiral  at the Lake in Chicago. Mr. Renslow started with one hive and has increased the number over the past 3 years to 4 hives,  He has recruited help from other residents. They harvest and process the honey and sell it to residents of the facility.

Mr Renslow is fascinated by bees and the important role they play in our urban ecosystem as pollinators. Urban bees actually find more diversity of pollen sources in a city than they do in rural areas where farming is more and more a single crop business.

Bee colonies are highly organized with the females doing the brunt of the work - pollenating the various plants within the hive area, collecting pollen, making honey, caring for baby bees and cleaning the hive. The males (drones) only have one job - fertilizing the eggs of the Queen bee and the Queen bee just provides for the continuation of the bee population thru laying eggs.

 

 

2/1/2024

Tiny Forests via Zoom

Dona Vitale

3/7/2024

Our presenter was Pam Karlson, a career artist and certified professional gardener/garden designer from the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. As a public speaker and educator, she advocates for creating, restoring, and preserving wildlife habitats. 

Birds in the Garden

Native nursery plants

Root growth on a native plant

Natives in the wild

Our presenter was Christine Dannhausen- Brun who represented Nordson Green Earth Foundation.
 

Nordson Green Earth Foundation is a non-profit focused on improving tree equity in under-resourced neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area.  They work to bring tiny forests to urban communities that lack tree and green space due the systemic and structural racism that shaped these neighborhoods in the last century. The aim is to bring more nature into these neighborhoods in the hopes of achieving greater healthequity through the benefits of nature while also mitigating the effects of climate change. Nordson Green Earth Foundation is working to build collaborations with organizations aligned with the mission of using nature-based solutions to achieve health equity. Nordson Green Earth Foundation is a women-led 501(c)(3) organization.

 

Ms. Karlson has an impressive natural garden. Her focus is attracting and creating a habitat for birds and animals with native plants, trees and water features.  

To download a copy of Ms. Karlson's   "Bird Garden Handout" , click here.

 

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