Wild Things '15 - Save The Date
: The sixth biennial Wild Things conference with be January 31, 2015 from 8:30am - 4:30pm at the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois.
While we're working on the details, please read glowing reviews
from our last conference; watch local listserves and our facebook page
for opportunities to be involved; or send us an email
with your your ideas and offers of help. (Added 07/17/14)
Illinois Native Plant Society:
Register now for the 2014 Illinois Native Plant Society Annual Meeting
, held by the Northeast Chapter in Manteno, IL on August 1-3.
It features a great line up of speakers, field trips, and social events that center around the natural and botanical history of the Kankakee Sands region. (Added 06/16/14)
The April, 2014 Habitat Herald
is now available. (Added 03/26/14)
People Making A Difference:
Please read about the Habitat Project’s 2014 Conservation Leadership Awards
. (Added 03/26/14)
Audubon Chicago Region is hiring 10 seasonal interns
and 5 intern supervisors
! Please spread the word to those you know who are interested in on the ground conservation work, adaptive management strategies, and a summer of making a difference in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County! (Updated 3/21/14)
Check Out Our New Study: Population Trends - Breeding Birds of the Chicago Region 1999-2012
. 250 monitors – 120,000 bird observations – 55,000 hours: “ a terrific example of citizen-scientists generating information that has real conservation value.” (Added 3/17/14)
The Habitat Project:
Serving the conservation community
of Chicago Wilderness…
Life—for endangered species and rare ancient prairies, for woodlands and wetlands and the wildlife that live in them—depends on people! Though the challenges are great, and the resources rather slim, the choice is ours. By accepting this challenge we not only can make a difference in nature's future, but we can learn about and enjoy all that nature offers us.
The Habitat Project is a network of thousands of volunteers and staff—scientists, monitors, land managers and advocates—who work side by side to assure the holistic and effective conservation of Chicago Wilderness, a regional nature reserve.
Monitors count and measure plants and animals to document current distributions, abundance, and health—to track trends in these numbers over time—and to identify problems and find solutions
Stewards remove invasive trees and brush, pull weeds, collect and plant native seeds, conduct controlled burns, and shepherd our most treasured natural areas back to good health
Advocates use data and expertise to advocate for sound public policy to fund and facilitate habitat restoration and quality of life for plants and animals (including people)