Jumping Worms – Caution at Plant Exchanges

There are many organizations that conduct plant exchanges. If you are participating in an exchange, advise everyone to carefully wash the roots and remove soil to prevent the possible spread of jumping worms. They strip vital nutrients from the soil, and eat the leaf litter layer. If jumping worms are present, the soil will take on the appearance of coffee grounds.
These worms present a threat to the ecology of our woodlands. Please be on the alert and do everything you can to control their spread. They can be identified by a light-colored ring.

Seven Simple Actions to “Bring Birds Back”

Cornell and its partners have launched a website – 3BillionBirds – in response to reports of the alarming loss of bird populations. It includes the 7 actions people can take. Citizen science projects are suggested, (see Chicago Living Corridors listing of projects) as well as other recommendations: make windows safer; keep cats indoors; reduce lawn and plant natives; avoid pesticides; choose coffee that’s grown in bird-friendly plantations; eliminate plastics, and join bird-watching groups – share what you see. There are many Facebook pages that have great information on birds, and fabulous photos. This past summer, I was able to follow the saga of the piping plovers at Montrose beach.

There are findings and access to news reports.

Pollinator Partnership’s Project Wingspan

Pollinator Partnership is excited to announce an extension to the online native pollinator habitat survey.
Are you committed to enhancing your land for monarch butterflies, rusty patched bumble bees and other imperiled pollinators? 
Pollinator Partnership invites public land managers and private landowners with at least one acre of land who are committed to long-term conservation of monarch, rusty patched bumble bee, and other rare pollinator habitat to be a part of Project Wingspan!

Please join us in our conservation efforts for native pollinators and fill out this preliminary survey. Public Lands survey extended until Oct.31, 2019 and Private Lands survey extended until Aug. 15th, 2019
Survey: https://pollinator.org/wingspan/survey

Interested in volunteering to native collect seed for these efforts? Please join us at: .https://www.pollinator.org/wingspan/seed-collection
(Please see attachments below to share these fliers)

Flier_PW_SeedCollection Site and Volunteer_IL.pdf

Openlands Launches “Get Outside” Map

This is an important addition to Openlands’ effort to connect the people in Chicago to nature where they live. Openlands is a major conservation organization, and is focused on the whole metropolitan region. The “Get Outside” map offers 350 places and ways to enjoy the numerous locations. It is offered in a list version, or an interactive map version. Each location highlights the nature activities at the site. Readers can filter the map to obtain a selection of the best sites for the desired activities.
Openlands has created a wonderful new tool to learn about the nature available in the Chicagoland region.

The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Success

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune featured the success story of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC).  This project was initiated by Michelle Obama, and the target of a million gardens has now been exceeded. We are linking to information about registering gardens, in the hopes that CLC’s partner organizations would encourage their members to participate and have sent a request for information about becoming a partner organization with the pollinator effort.

Details about the MPGC are at
The map of the participants is on the Pollinator Partnership website at

Chicago Living Corridors introduces new map with much expanded number of locations.

If you’ve been a follower of the Facebook page for Chicago Living Corridors (CLC), you may have seen the recent posting of the new map showing native habitat locations on private property (posted on January 16).  The recently-updated map has a great many more dots than before (2,669), and sites affiliated with nine organizations (instead of four) that promote native habitat on private property. It is also possible now to see the organizational dots in juxtaposition with a layer showing the protected lands (as shown on the I-View map.) If you haven’t seen the map yet, we invite you to explore the map here

This new map demonstrates a significant expansion of the locations we had included previously, and we are very excited to be able to share this with you.  Chicago Living Corridors will be continuing to reach out to additional organizations, and to our founding partners – to add to their native habitat footprint in the Chicagoland area.  Our founding organizations were:
Citizens for Conservation, Northern Kane Wild Ones, The Conservation Foundation,  West Cook Wild Ones, and The Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee. Added are: Barrington Area Conservation Trust, C@H in co-operation with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Natural Land Institute, Openlands, and The Land Conservancy of McHenry County.  The Conservation Foundation’s C@H program shows a greatly expanded presence on the map.

We are currently involved in efforts to add more organizations that have habitat improvement programs,  with efforts to engage garden clubs, and an Audubon program already preparing for inclusion.

Following are explanations of a number of the icons that appear above the map.  They will enhance the view and utilization of the Interactive Chicago Living Corridors map..

In the black bar on the upper right, there are three icons:
The stacked horizontal lines with dots provide a legend or directory of the organizations included on the map and the colors that represent them.

The icon that looks like three layers of paper gives you access to a listing where you can turn on or off any combination of organizations, and includes a layer for Protected Lands, as shown of the I-View map. This last option allows the viewer to see the CALCA dots in juxtaposition to the protected lands (either one organization, several, or all participating organizations.

The print icon is self explanatory.  

The key icon on the left-hand side is the box containing the four squares.  You can access a dozen different backgrounds. You may find that selecting the black background will actually enhance the view of some of the dot patterns. The other options will provide different types of detail or views.

There is a ruler icon for measuring distances, and a palette icon to enable the drawing of boundaries.

Of course, the + or – symbols will enlarge or reduce the map view.  

We encourage you to visit the map, and explore our website https://chicagolivingcorridors.org,  It contains many helpful resources.  Additionally, please check our Facebook page, Chicago Living Corridors, “like” us, and invite your friends to visit as well.  

(Note – Chicago Area Living Corridor Alliance [CALCA] and Chicago Living Corridors [CLC] are both referring to the same organization.  CALCA was our founding name, which we shortened to CLC for use on the internet, and with social media.)

How Much Does a Tree on Your Property Help to Improve Environment

Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, Davey Tree Experts, and other partners for a very simple tool for valuing the contribution of a tree to air pollution removal;  Go to Tree Tools  to try this out.  You’ll be asked for your location information, and some simple questions about the tree.  Species, condition, diameter, sun exposure, and more, plus some information about adjacent structures.  You’ll get an analysis with a dollar amount, that will break down the types of contribution the tree provides.  No surprise, big healthy trees have more value than smaller, or unhealthy trees.

After you’ve finished entering data for one tree, you can add another tree, and another and so on.  You can get a cumulative analysis, or select the value for any one of the trees.  I have supplied an image of the report I got after I entered eight trees. (There are a lot more trees to go.)  It looks a lot like the nutrition section of packaged food label.


iTree LogoMyTree Benefits

Serving size: 8 trees

Total benefits for this year


Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Sequestered
Annual CO2 equivalent of carbon1
1172.19 lbs
Storm Water runoff avoided
Runoff avoided
5292.96 gal.
Rainfall intercepted
14684.73 gal.
Air Pollution removed each year
Carbon monoxide
2.20 oz
88.81 oz
Nitrogen dioxide
10.73 oz
Sulfur dioxide
3.54 oz
Particulate matter < 2.5 microns
4.38 oz
Energy Usage each year2
Electricity savings (A/C)
129.95 kWh
Fuel savings (Natural Gas,Oil)
0.44 MMBtu
Avoided Energy Emissions
Carbon dioxide
234.19 lbs
Carbon monoxide
1.32 oz
Nitrogen dioxide
0.53 oz
Sulfur dioxide
8.69 oz
Particulate matter < 2.5 microns
0.11 oz
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Stored to date3
Lifetime CO2 equivalent of carbon3
49143.21 lbs