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Monarch Joint Venture Webinar: Getting Monarchs Into Business

Businesses and corporations can help create native habitat on private property.  Here is information on a webinar scheduled for Aug. 28, 2018.  One of the presenters is Iris Caldwell (UIC) who will discuss activities of Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group, an organization active in the Chicago Area.

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 28th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT (1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific)

Webinar Title: Getting Monarchs Into Business: Case studies of monarch conservation

Description: Thelma Redick will discuss the business case for support monarch conservation, exploring how businesses work with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) to incorporate conservation into business operations, corporate citizenship initiatives and business management targets. Several quick-fire case studies will introduce the breadth of project types implemented by WHC members, across sectors and with varying resource availability. Susan Kelsey, will then take a deep dive into how GM, a long-time member of the Wildlife Habitat Council, monarch habitat a priority among their suite of pollinator projects in North America. With more than seventy certified programs world-wide, GM has used very effectively used monarch habitat as one way to engage employees and community, enhance habitat, and link to local, regional and national ecological initiatives. Iris Caldwell will then provide an overview of how organizations in the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group are approaching monarch habitat conservation, also featuring a couple of industry case studies.

Presenters:  Iris Caldwell, Energy Resources Center, Thelma Redick, Wildlife Habitat Council and Susan Kelsey, GM.

Register: Getting Monarchs into Business

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We look forward to your participation!
MJV/NCTC Webinar Team

Tracy McCleaf

US Fish and Wildlife Service
National Conservation Training Center
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
304-876-7781
tracy_mccleaf@fws.gov

Wanted: Dead or Alive- Wildlife Trees

Snag wildlife treeBy Charlotte Adelman

Compared with a living tree, more species of life benefit directly from the habitat and nourishment offered by trees in the afterlife. While a tree’s death causes wildlife dependent on its pollen, fruits or nuts to go elsewhere, the death enables crowds of other woodland life to move in and vastly increase the diversity of species it supports. The moment a tree dies, creatures ranging from birds to bacteria move in to dissolve, chew and disassemble the cellulose and lignin structure into food or habitat. A habitat has four essential components that make it suitable for a particular population of animals: food, water, shelter, and space. A wildlife tree provides three of the four of those essentials making it an important part of your backyard habitat to increase biodiversity.

Some 85 species of birds in North America nest in the dying and dead trees that we call snags or wildlife trees. Dead and dying trees are in limited supply, making them exclusive stopover sites for exhausted migrating birds, and for the bluebirds, American kestrels, wrens, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and chickadees. Cavities located over or near water are used by tree swallows, prothonotary warblers, wood ducks, goldeneyes, mergansers and buffleheads. Some species, like chickadees select a cavity with the smallest opening they can squeeze through. This prevents nest predators (blue jays, raccoons) and nest parasites (brown-headed cowbirds) from entering. Great crested flycatchers often hang a snake skin in the cavity entrance, to scare off intruders. Primary cavity users excavate cavities in the decaying wood, while secondary cavity users wait for a woodpecker to do the work before occupying and enlarging the cavity.

northern flicker escavates her nest cavityA dead tree also offers a place to build nests and a perch for hunting and observation (hawks, owls), safety from predators, and protection from the elements. Seeds, nuts and other food items stored in a cavity can determine which individuals make it through a particularly harsh winter, notes The Cavity Conservation Initiative. [i] The native bee larva and Lepidoptera (butterfly/moth) eggs that overwinter in tree bark also serve as food for birds and their spring nestlings. Mammals also use cavities in dead trees. Bats use natural and abandoned woodpecker cavities. Small mammals den in hollow trees. Flying squirrels prefer downy woodpecker cavities, which they line with shredded bark, or lichens, moss, feathers or leaves. Black bears sleep in the vast hollow trunks of huge sycamore trees that once sheltered entire pioneer families.   

The wildlife associated with snags play an important role in the dispersal of invertebrates. Peeling bark provides habitat for insects that wild birds consume. Protein-packed mushrooms -the fruiting bodies of fungi—attract more insects and hungry wildlife to the side of dead trees. When downed, hollow logs and dead trees are corridors used by predators as silent passageways through the noisy leaf litter. Below ground, a dead tree’s nutritional offerings eventually enters the soil, where they are further broken down and transported to different soil layers by the various decomposers.

Cavity conservation initiative
Decomposers including earthworms, firefly larva, ant colonies, snails, and crickets help return nutrients from the decaying debris to the soil, ultimately strengthening the forest’s ability to support life. Species that aerate, dig and fragment wood contribute to improved soil structure and quality. Decomposing wood, especially when accompanied by dead leaf litter, is a nutritionally rich and superior nursery for many seeds, such as shade-seeking wildflowers. Wood decomposers include bacteria, nematodes as well as types of fungi, called mycorrhiza. In return for delivering minerals (phosphorus, inorganic nitrogen) to the plant via its rootlets, the fungi receive moisture and carbohydrates from the plant, and sometimes a bonus in the form of special resistance to certain diseases.

A piece by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) from the UK urges “Bring your garden to life with dead wood”. Eventually, the structure of the dead tree dissolves and it falls over, becoming a “nurse log” because it provides a habitat for many organisms. Nurse logs are often hollow, and used for a variety of purposes by wildlife. When creating snags from dying trees, it is important that homeowners hire an expert tree service to remove branches and tops of large trees. Homeowners must make sure that whoever does the work is licensed, bonded, and insured, and understands your intention to make a wildlife tree. Contact local arborists for certified specialists who can competently create and maintain wildlife trees.

Cavity Conservation sign

To clearly communicate about wildlife trees between you and your neighbors, hang up these handy wildlife tree signs.These handy wildlife tree signs provide an opportunity to educate friends, neighbors, and the public about why a dead tree has been retained.

These aluminum signs are about the size of a sheet of paper and cost $10 (shipping included). For the signs, visit The Cavity Conservation Initiative’s Nature Store at:  http://cavityconservation.com/nature-store-2/

 

By Charlotte Adelman

Charlotte is the co-author of The Midwestern Native Garden, Midwestern Native Shrubs & Trees, and Prairie Directory of North America. Co-authored with Bernard L. Schwartz,  The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants was the winner of the 2012 Helen Hull Award from the National Garden Clubs. In 2014, Adelman was awarded an Audubon Chicago Region Habitat Project Conservation Leadership Award. Read more about her work in this feature article in the Chicago Tribune.

 

Additional Resources & Sources:

 Nancy Lawson article: http://www.humanegardener.com/life-after-death/

 Bernd Heinrich, Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death (Paperback)

[i] Value of Dead Trees for Birds The Cavity Conservation Initiative

https://wdfw.wa.gov/living/snags/

https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OI/PublishingImages/SnagOrDeadTree4.jpg

A Bird’s Eye View Inside Some Nests

Although our local weather may not be as spring-like as we’d like, birds are responding to their nesting timelines all over the country.  Below are links to several special opportunities to observe the nesting behavior of a bird species including hawks, osprey, peregrines, eagles and hummingbirds.  Several links have been provided for eagle cams; each of them offers a view of different stages in the nesting. These links include live cams as well as recordings (both from this season and from previous years).  The pages usually include some information about the project and the individual birds’ histories. Because of the file sizes and depending on your internet speed, there may be delay times as the live-streams load.

If you have information on other sites, please share with Carol Rice at goforsix@aol.com.

Red Tail hawk’s nest by All About Birds Article and live video 

Recorded videos of hummingbirds building their nest and their babies 

Peregrine Cam in Baltimore, MD

Osprey Cam in Charlotte and Lake Norman (both in North Carolina)

Eagle Cams in Washington, D.C,Decorah, Iowa, and Minnesota

Kestrel Cam in Utah

Peregrine nest in Evanston, IL 

Spring Gardening Inspiration, hosted by Darien Garden Club

On Saturday, March 10, Chicago Living Corridors was an exhibitor at the Darien Garden Club’s Spring Gardening Inspiration.  This event had 115 registrants and 11 exhibitors. The volunteers did a terrific job of planning, from greeting the exhibitors at the entrance to offer assistance, to providing an array of refreshments and lunch, and  wonderful perks. The best goody bag ever and a plant arrangement at every table. There were over thirty baskets of raffle prizes.

Of course, the speakers are the essential part of a good program, and the keynote was given by Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis, Senior Conservation Ecologist, Senior Program Manager, Chicago Region, Field Museum of Natural History.  “What You Plant Matters: the collective impact of urban habitat on people and nature.” She showed maps and graphs diagraming the amount of available open land in the Chicago region, and the opportunities that exist for increasing the habitat for monarchs. The challenges created by climate change were a major focus of her presentation, and the resulting impact on invasives, diseases, flooding, biodiversity, and mismatching of “pheno-phase”.  (meaning that plants will bloom too early due to warmer temperatures and not be available when the insects/birds arrive that depend on those plants.)

She recommended actions that can be taken to withstand the changes, and stressed the need for improving the health of the landscape: tree planting initiatives and the Biodiversity Recovery Plan of Chicago Wilderness were two examples.  Planting native habitat on private property was a key objective, and lines up perfectly with the mission of Chicago Living Corridors.

After the keynote, there were two tracks, with two speakers on native plant subjects and two speakers on vegetable gardening.

The variety of exhibitors was also a great feature – including tables for Conservation@Home, The Indian Prairie Public Library, Sunny Patch Farm, the Forest Preserves of DuPage County, a Seed Library (I missed the full name, but a terrific idea),  Downers Grove Organic Gardeners, the Garden Clubs of Illinois organization, and Wild Ones of Greater DuPage, as well as a table for the host organization and a few others.

The Darien Garden Club has a number of members that are growing native plants in their home gardens, and the club stands out as a leader in the garden club universe.  Chicago Living Corridors was very pleased to have been invited to exhibit at this function, and meet some of the principals of the Darien Garden Club. We will be exploring creating a connection between the garden club and CLC.  

Illinois Native Plant Society Reinstates Grants

Some of the key details of the grant program are detailed here:

Program Explanation

The Illinois Native Plant Society Research Fund was developed to promote the conservation of Illinois native plants and communities through scientific research.

Availability of Funding

$4500 is available for grants ranging from $500-$1500.
Please open the link to read full details of the grant program

2018 Research Grants

Announcing 2018 Natural Areas Grant Due Dates, including K-12 Pollinator Schools Program Grant

Deadline dates have just been announced.  Check https://www.illinoiscleanenergy.org  for program deadlines.
The K-12 Pollinator Schools Program of the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation will be offering a grant for 2018.  The grant period will be opening in December.  For information about the grant,  please view the attached link for a description of the grant.

Demonstration Gardens Are Inspiring

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Donna E. Wade Butterfly Garden at Park Forest Public Library

Park Forest Public Library IMG_20170623_104701269_HDRhas proven that if you build the habitat, the monarchs will come! Last year, thanks to a generous donation, the library built the beautiful Donna E. Wade Butterfly Garden right outside the windows in the children’s area. The garden is planted with a variety of perennials and annuals that serve as nectar plants. Surrounding the library there is a sea of purple coneflowers, black-eyed susans, and most importantly, milkweed, and behind the library you’ll find a diversity of native plants lining the creek. Victoria Wittig, the library’s Outreach Specialist, added an herb garden last year and a pollinator garden this year, qualifying the library as an official monarch waystation with Monarch Watch.

With the new butterfly garden last year, Victoria started a Butterfly Club to educate the children (and adults!) about the importance of pollinators, and more specifically the importance of supporting the monarch butterfly population. As most of us have heard, monarch numbers are decreasing due to habitat loss and fragmentation combined with pesticide use on lawns and farms. But, at the Park Forest library, there have been many more monarchs this year than last year! The Butterfly Club raised two monarchs last year. This year they have released 11 so far, with more than 11 more caterpillars growing in the vivarium, built by Coveside Conservation Products and donated by the Kiwanis Club. Victoria said most of the monarchs this year have been collected from the new pollinator garden, which has a combination of two milkweed species, bee balm, purple coneflower, gayfeather, Joe-Pye weed, phlox, great blue lobelia, and cardinal flower. In addition to monarchs, the club raised five generations of Black Swallowtail butterflies last year, and have begun to raise some this year as well. The swallowtails particularly like the parsley, dill, and fennel in the herb garden.

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Vivariam donated by the Kiwanis Club

When I asked Victoria about starting this project last year, she said finding the eggs and successfully raising the caterpillars was the hardest part. But luckily there is plenty of support if you are interested in doing this in your community or in your own backyard! Kay MacNeil, the Butterfly Chairman for the Garden Clubs of Illinois, is a vocal advocate for monarchs and for growing pollinator-friendly gardens. She has a fantastic, in-depth video on you tube, in which she describes all of the steps of planting a monarch-friendly garden and raising monarchs, with many helpful tips to make your experience more successful. Victoria also recruited the help of the University of Illinois Extension office with planting for Black Swallowtails, and the Field Museum’s Keller Action Center to visit the site and identify and count milkweed on the property. Victoria also has the cooperation of the Village of Park Forest and the library in keeping native milkweed wherever it grows.

 

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Releasing a monarch!

 

I hope Victoria and her Butterfly Club can be an inspiration to more folks wanting to make a difference in their own communities! 

Be a Citizen Scientist this summer…it’s easy and fun!

Citizen Science is how the public, or citizen scientists, get involved in scientific research. There are so many ways to participate, some as easy as monitoring wildlife in your own backyard. Some projects bring together data from all over the world to look at patterns on a global scale, other projects are local efforts to monitor and improve biodiversity. Summer is the best time to participate, especially for families with children!

Here are some suggestions for great ways for you to get involved with citizen science programs. You may also check out our list of citizen science programs.

1. Submit your sightings or photos

hawk
photo credit Georgia Eldeib

Are birds your thing? For bird data, all roads lead to eBird, a comprehensive database of bird sightings across the U.S. with an interactive map. You can submit incidental sightings, and if you really like birding, eBird allows you to track your sightings and share them with birder friends. Scientists at the Field Museum use eBird, and you can explore the data to find the best places to look for birds! Check out this birding map of downtown Chicago.

painted lady
photo credit Georgia Eldeib

The insects are abundant in the summer, and there are many insect projects that welcome your observations! If you like to take photos, Bumble Bee Watch needs your photos of bumble bees. You can report your butterfly observations to eButterfly, a large database of butterfly sightings. Have you started hearing cicadas lately? If you see cicadas, let them know at Cicada Watch, where they are tracking the emergence of the many broods and species of cicadas, some of which only emerge every 17 years!

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photo credit Georgia Eldeib

If you have a good squirrel story, or want to submit a photo or sighting, visit Project Squirrel. If you see any herps (frogs, toads, salamanders, lizards, etc.), submit your observations to the Herpetology Education and Research Project. Many of these projects, including iNaturalist, have mobile apps to make things even easier!

2. Monitor a Site

dragonfly
photo credit Georgia Eldeib

If you want to put in a little more effort, you can sign up to monitor chosen sites for various species of plants and animals. If you have a pond on your property, you can monitor dragonflies this summer with Dragonfly Pond Watch. City dwellers can monitor sites for birds using Celebrate Urban Birds. Have you seen any birds nesting around your home? Nest Watch collects data on nesting birds, but requires some training to avoid disturbing the birds. Project Budburst accepts data describing the timing of buds and flowers on plants in your yard or in your local park.

3. Help From Your Sofa

Do you want to help from the comfort of your home? The North American Bird Phenology Program has a collection of bird migration cards from pre-internet days that need to be transcribed into the database. Notes From Nature needs help transcribing old museum records as well. Help the Field Museum measure photos of microscopic plants at Microplants. It’s very easy, and a great way to contribute without getting sweaty and mosquito-bitten!

Upcoming Projects and Events

Help Monarch Watch collect milkweed seeds for restoration projects. Many species of milkweed are blooming now, and seeds will come soon! See these guidelines for collecting seeds in your area. Monarch Watch will send free milkweed seeds for your own larger restoration projects. Monarch Watch is also a great resource for rearing and tagging monarchs that you find on your milkweed.

Hummingbirds! See this Chicago Tribune article for hummingbird-related events in the Chicago region and get out to see these amazing birds in action! Also bird-related, every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont, IL, you can check out the bird banding station and see how field biologists are working to track and conserve our migratory bird populations!

bird banding
photo credit Georgia Eldeib

A more comprehensive list of citizen science projects can be found here.

Chicago Area Native Plant Sales

Various organizations, parks, or forest preserve districts will sponsor sales of native plants this spring. We list the Illinois sales by county and have added nearby Indiana and Wisconsin sales.  Within county, they are listed by date of the sale.  A list of nurseries that sell native plants follows.

Organizations

McHenry County

Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee
First Sunday in May – 2017 will be May 7, at McHenry County College
Noon to 3 PM. 150 Species of forbs, grasses and ferns. Sale has enjoyed an excellent reputation for 30 years. Excellent Selection.  Native trees and shrubs from Ohana Farms, plus Organic Heirloom Vegetables and Herbs from W & M Landcorp Organic Nursery available.

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County Spring Plant Sale
This is a pre-order plant sale with pick-up on May 19th-20th, 2017
4622 Dean St., Woodstock, IL 60098

Lake County

Citizens for Conservation
First weekend in May, 2017 will be May 6 and 7, held on the grounds of Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Lake County. Over 200 varieties of forbs, ferns, grasses, trees and shrubs. Pre-orders on line until April 12. Also, fall tree and shrub sale by pre-order only in August for delivery in September each year.

Lake County Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 9AM-12PM
16490 Buckley Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048

Lake Forest Open Lands Go Native! Plant Sale
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 8AM-1PM
350 North Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Gardeners of Central Lake County
Plant Sale   May 13, 2017
Crawford Warming House
817 W. Lake Street
Libertyville IL  60048
8:30 – 11:00 am
Natives, perennials, herbs, vegetables Dug from members gardens or grown from seed

Conserve Lake County
Please check the website for details.  You can order online or shop on-site from May 19 to June 3.

Lake County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 20, 9AM-2PM
Lake County Extension Office,
100 S. Highway 45, Grayslake, IL
Sale includes a selection of native plants.

Winnebago County

Wild Ones: Rock River Valley Chapter – Rockford area
Constance McCarthy, President
Chapter Contact: (815) 627-0344 or Email Rock River Valley President
Please check the website for information and dates of sales.

Cook County

Skokie Park District Earth Day Plant Sale
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
4650 Brummel St, Skokie, IL 60076

Go Green Wilmette
Order online by May 5th, 2017, in-person sale and pickup May 13th, 2017

2017 Native Plant Sale Pick-up Location #1
3555 Lake Avenue, Wilmette, IL

2017 Native Plant Sale Pick-up Location #2
999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe, IL

Irons Oaks Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 9AM-12PM
20000 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields, IL 60461

Plant Chicago Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 20, 2017.   10 AM – 2 PM
1400 West 46th Street, Chicago, IL
Hosted by Natural Communities, Native Plants
Pre-orders close on May 7.

Schaumburg Community Garden Club Native Plant Sale
Sunday, May 21st, 2017 10am-2pm
1111 E. Schaumburg Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60193

Maine East High School Ecology Club and AP Environmental Science Class
Native Perennial Plant Sale
May 29th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Dempster @ Dee entrance
$4.00 per plant, 45 species.
Proceeds with benefit Ecology Club and school-wide fundraiser for Prevent Child Abuse America.

Wild Ones West Cook Chapter Native Plant Sale
Order by June 7, 2017, pick up June 24th (Re-scheduled Date)
405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

DuPage County

Kane-Dupage Soil and Water Conservation District Native Plant Sale
Order due Monday, April 24th, 2017, Pick up May 18th
2315 Dean St, St. Charles, IL 60175

Wheaton Park District Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 29th from 8:30AM-12PM
821 W. Liberty Dr, Wheaton, IL

DuPage Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale
May 12th 11-7PM, May 13th 9-2
717 31st St, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Conservation Foundation Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 from 9AM-1PM
McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 60565

Kane County

Northern Kane County Wild Ones Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 6th, 2017
28 Brookside Dr, Elgin, IL 60123

Kendall County

Plano Middle School Native Plant Sale
Order by May 1st, 2017, pick up May 17th or June 15th
802 S. Hale St., Plano, IL 60545

Will County

Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 9AM-3PM
17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60433

Kankakee County

Illinois Native Plant Society Kankakee Torrent Chapter Native Plant Sale
Sunday, May 21st, 2017
Small Memorial Park during Rhubarb Festival
S 8th Ave, Kankakee, Illinois 60901

Indiana

Friends of Indiana Dunes Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 8AM-1PM
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304

Gibson Woods Wild Ones 16th Annual Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 6th, 2017
6201 Parrish Ave, Hammond, IN 46323

Wisconsin

Wild Ones Menomonee River Area Native Plant Sale
June 1st-30th, 2017
W180 N6275 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53052

Area Nurseries Selling Native Plants

*Items with asterisk are not exclusively natives, but are shown in listings of resources selling native plants. There may be additional full-service nurseries that carry some natives.

West Suburban Locations

*The Growing Place (Two Locations) NGN

Natural Garden Native brand
25 W 471 Plank Road, Naperville, IL 60563
Naperville: (630) 355-4000

2000 Montgomery Road, Aurora, IL 60504
Aurora: (630) 820-8088

NOTE: Natural Garden Natives TM (NGN) is a true native brand that represents natives sourced from within 90 miles of St. Charles. They can be purchased directly from the warehouse of Midwest Groundcovers (below). They can also be found at numerous nurseries as listed here. Look for NGN

*Planters Palette
28 West 571 Roosevelt Road
Winfield, IL 60190
630-293-1040

Natural Communities
No brick and mortar location. Order online and pick up on Route 25 in Batavia or at various plant sales they supply. See the website FAQs for more information.
Tel: (331) 248-1016

*Midwest Groundcovers LLC Natural Garden Natives
6N800 Illinois Route 25
P.O. Box 748 , St. Charles, IL 60174 (near Bartlett)
Tel: 847/742-1790 Fax: 847/742-2655

*Wasco Nursery
41W781 Route 64, St. Charles, IL 60175
Tel: (630) 584-4424 (West of Randall Road)

Byron Nursery (Wholesale only)
POBox 125
St. Charles, IL 60174
630-513-5105

Linda’s Loves (charitable)
4509 Wilson Ave., Downers Grove.
Tel: (630) 971-2411 by appointment only.
Email: Linda at melin80@sbcglobal.net

Northwest Suburban Locations

Glacier Oaks Nursery
8216 White Oaks Road
Harvard, IL, 60033
815-482-7404

Blazing Star Nursery
2107 Edgewood Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-4716

*Ohana Farms
Tree and Shrub Nursery in Marengo, IL
They have a selection of natives included in their stock.

Natives Haven Native Wildflower Nursery
13809 Durkee Rd, Harvard, IL 60033
(815) 344-6623
http://www.nativeshaven.com

Red Buffalo Nursery
10502 Seaman Rd., Hebron, IL, McHenry County
Tel: 815-648-4838 Appointment suggested.
Email:jack@redbuffalonursery.com

*Pesche’s Garden Center & Flower Shop
170 S River Rd (US 45),
Des Plaines IL 60016  (map)
We are located 1 block north of Rand Rd./US 12
Call Us! 847-299-1300
Pesche’s has eliminated neonics
Their Native Plant List

South Suburban Locations

Possibility Place Nursery
7548 W. Monee-Manhattan Road, Monee, IL 60449
Tel: 708/534-3988 Fax: 708/534-6272 By appointment only.
Web: www.possibilityplace.com

Further Afield: Other native plant nurseries can be found through the Plant Native website, the Illinois listing is here.

Mail Order Native Plant Nurseries

Prairie Moon Nursery – highly-respected nursery with all native plants, pure species. Selling seeds, potted trays and bare root stock. About 700 Species. Online catalog, (great Plant Finder feature) or physical catalog. http://www.prairiemoon.com

Prairie Nursery – another highly-respected nursery with a long history or selling native plants. Pure species. Seeds and plants. Plant finder feature for the online catalog, or request a catalog.