In addition to encouraging people to take the pledge, Natural Habitat uses the pledge as its curriculum. The six steps are central to our outreach and education to change the culture of lawns, and core to presentations to groups, garden visits, native plant giveaways and exchanges, tree plantings and more. We advocate for these steps with the city and community.
It is a kind of petition to show that there are many of us who want to change the culture of lawns. We want to show the city, yard companies and our broader community that Pledging to protect pollinators and birds matters to us.
For those who want to spread the word themselves, we offer yard signs:
We ask for a minimum $10 donation/sign, plus shipping if needed (USA only), to cover our costs.
These steps are a good starting place to encourage beneficial bugs and birds in your yard.
And, avoid birds hitting your windows. If we are inviting them to our gardens, let's keep them safe.
Transitioning from Turf presentation to FLOW (Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, Columbus, Ohio) lead by Leslie Shad, NHE Lead. DIscusses the issues with turf, why native plants and why leave leaves, the concern about neonicotinoids, and how to navigate outdoor lighting.
Gardening that Matters. Get Started or Enhance your Native Garden. March 2023 presentation to North Shore Senior Center's Tuesday Club. A simple way to take action for climate, community healthand biodiversity: Swap out your lawn for native plants. Reconsidering theculture of lawns. Why it matters, steps to prioritize, how to get started, andhow to amplify the change. Leslie Shad of Natural Habitat Evanston presents.
INVASIVE PLANTS OF THE CHICAGO REGION, An identification guide to 32 invasive or native aggressive plants most damaging to local ecosystems. Compiled by Robert Sullivan, Argonne National Laboratory (Retired) and Henrietta Saunders, University of Illinois Master Naturalist. 2022
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - search native plants by state
$25/bag to local residents (pickup; no shipping). We also have some $5 seed packets of bottlebrush and little bluestem grass. While supplies last. Emails should include your phone number and which species you are requesting. Pay by check payable to Citizens’ Greener Evanston at pickup.
Northwestern students Petition for Bird-Friendly Films at Mudd Library. Mudd Library accounts for over 14% of bird deaths and injuries on campus each year. Applying patterned window film to a portion of the building would dramatically reduce collisions that are fatal to birds.