Thursday, February 16,
Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers of Illinois
Chris Benda will speak to the chapter this month about spring ephemeral wildflowers – a timely topic, with our chapter’s woodland plant sale just around the corner. He is wrapping up his two-year term as state president of the Illinois Native Plant Society and this year will technically be past-president. He will still be the president of the southern chapter of INPS.
He is a botanist on his own (Illinois Botanizer) and works part-time at the Illinois Natural History Survey. He also teaches in the summer at Southern Illinois University and throughout the year at The Morton Arboretum. He has a book about natural areas in southern Illinois in press with the University of Illinois Press. You can find more information on his website.
For more information, call (815) 332-3343.
July Lecture and Yard Tours
On July 13, Heather Holm, will speak on Selecting Native Plants to Support Pollinators, Birds and Other Wildlife. Her program will be illustrated with beautiful photos of insects, birds and the native plants with which they coexist. The lecture is free to Wild Ones members and a $5 donation is requested for others.
On July 15 and 16 Wild Ones members will open their yards for free natural yard tours. See examples of how you can include native plants in your own garden, school or church to attract butterflies and birds.
Details will be posted here at a later date.
We meet the third Thursday of most months in the Physical Education Center at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114. Most programs are free and open to the public. See Monthly Meetings for more information.
Would you like to help make a difference by volunteering your time for the chapter? There is always room for more volunteers. Sometimes we need people to help out for one event and other times we need people to help on a regular basis. Sign up and support your chapter. More information. Thank you!