Posts By: cassi saari

Take the City Nature Challenge 2018: Chicago Wilderness Region

The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is a friendly bioblitz-style competition between urban areas all around the world. This year’s timeframe is April 27-30, 2018 for uploading observations, and May 1-3, 2018 for identifying what was found. The CNC began in 2016 between just Los Angeles and San Francisco and has since expanded worldwide, with 65… Read more »

City Nature Challenge at Wooded Island, Jackson Park 4/15/2017

Thanks to everyone for coming out to Wooded Island within Jackson Park on April 15th, 2017 to document some local urban biota. Thank you especially to Lauren Umek, Jerry Levy, and David Bild for showing us around Jackson Park in Chicago and helping to teach the group how to use iNaturalist. Also many thanks to… Read more »

Workday Report: Restoring Dolton Prairie

Images like the above illustrate the extent of habitat destruction that has occurred in the Midwest US within the past 100 years. Dolton Prairie, also known as Dolton Avenue Prairie, is a remnant wet prairie just south of the border of Chicago in Calumet City, Cook County, IL. The Illinois Natural Areas Inventory has identified… Read more »

Workday Report: Habitat 2030 Meets Churchill Woods Protectors

On Saturday, March 11th, 2017, Habitat 2030 joined the Churchill Woods Protectors in DuPage County, Illinois to remove invasive brush from their woodlands. Surrounded by beautiful oaks and hickories, we removed invasive common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) and honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.). Several people completely new to habitat restoration showed up and learned the basics of invasive… Read more »