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Summer’s Symphony

The project is teaching volunteers to recognize the 12 most commonly heard insects in the Chicago region and how to document them in the field.

Rare Habitat Hosts Unusual Species

There are about 1,000 acres of dolomite prairie on the Midewin. At the core of dolomite prairie is magnesium-rich dolomitic limestone that is home to specialized plants evolved to take advantage of poor, shallow soils.

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Compost, trees and rain barrels do not necessarily come to mind when considering the work of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD).

MASTER GARDENER RESOURCES

Soil as a Solution

Regenerative agriculture is not something completely new and different from organic and sustainable farming; rather, its focus lies in understanding and valuing how soil really works.

How Ward Ambassadors are Helping to Grow

It might surprise Chicago residents to learn there are more than 850 urban farms and community gardens, with at least one in every ward.

Dragon and Damsel Adults

These tiny, winged creatures with descriptive monikers such as pondhawk and baskettail flit above water and vegetation from spring through fall in the Chicago region, providing a service to humans as they snatch mosquitoes and other insects in the air.

Songbirds

In May, Chicago region backyards and nature preserves sparkle with the songs and colorful plumage of migratory birds. Some of them have traveled thousands of miles from their winter homes in Central and South America on their way to their northerly breeding grounds.

Microloans

Kiva, which means unity in Swahili, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 by Matt Flannery and Jessica Jackley after attending a class on theoretical microfinance at the Stanford School of Business.

Equitable Opportunity

Members of the women’s program participate in a multitude of activities, from workshops and classes in native plant identification to woodworking and chainsaw seminars with local arborist associations.

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