Recently, I had a few hours on a Saturday morning to sneak in some additional outside playtime. I decided to march into a local Kankakee woodland and test out a potential new restoration tool. A DEWALT DCS387P1 20-volt MAX Lithium Ion Compact Reciprocating Saw to be exact. This specific tool was given to me by… Read more »
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At the Field Museum where I work, we have a big counter at the end of our Evolving Planet exhibit. It looks like this: While true, sobering, and essential to recognize, I also find this display to be incredibly DEPRESSING. Which – I worry – can actually lead to stymying action to preserve and protect the… Read more »
This year (2016) the Forest Preserves of Cook Country are launching a sweet program to get new people exposed to birding. The 2016 Big Year will give awards for the team who birbs the most birbs – register on this page and pick a team for a preserve near you or one you want to… Read more »
200 Years of Chicagoland Nature
Credit: Openlands and Chicago Metropolis 2020 (see each image larger here) UPDATE: After we posted this gif, Justin Breen at DNAinfo did some research on it and wrote this article. Thanks!
Winter Restoration: Buckthorn Destruction Time Lapse
Volunteer Nate Bartlett created this handy time lapse of a winter restoration workday at Somme Woods. It’s been pretty helpful in illustrating just what happens at a volunteer day in the cold months for those who are dubious. You’re never cold – look how fast you can move!
Saving Rare Illinois Plants
Here’s H2030er Robb talking about some work going on Langham Island to restore two of the rarest plants in Illinois. To join the Langham Island restoration effort, please become one of its friends. Much thanks to Trevor Edmonson, Rachel Goad, Stephen Packard and the rest of Friends of Langham Island who have done way more… Read more »
The Logo has Landed
Well lookee who finally got themselves a logo! After much discussion from the H2030 Advisory Group (much) we have our new logo and we love it. From freelance artist Kelsey Oseid who worked closely with us and our many demands, our logo is meant to be a Chicagoland endemic species explosion. Pictured here are compass plant, side… Read more »
What is the Millennium Reserve?
As we focus some of our restoration efforts on the entire bi-state Calumet area, the Illinois portion of that (which has admittedly gotten the most love from us, but not because we hate Indiana!) is also the geography represented by a group called the Millennium Reserve. Started by former, yet-to-be-incarcerated IL governor Pat Quinn, the… Read more »
Kankakee Mallow on WGN Radio
Here’s the audio of the 20-minute interview I did about the Kankakee mallow on “After Hours with Rick Kogan.” I had a great time talking about this and Rick is definitely one of the best interviewers out there – definitely a Chicago legend. Enjoy and don’t be shallow!
Submit Your Custom Event Banner Creations in the First Ever Habitat 2030 Event Banner Challenge!
Calling all graphic artists, doodlers, and Microsoft Word photo Frankensteiners! We need you to submit your entries for the first ever Habitat 2030 event banner challenge! Habitat 2030 was awarded a generous grant from the Nature Conservancy Volunteer Stewardship Network including funds to print a 6 foot by 2.5 foot custom event banner that we… Read more »