Evanston RoundTable Video
Trees fight urban heat islands, by providing shade and moisture, they filter stormwater and shield from winds. Plus a lot more. NHE will donate trees, prioritizing oaks, to residents of the 5th Ward, and schools serving the 5th ward. Ask at Habitat@ClimateActionEvanston.Org
Oaks are the top plant for wildlife in North America (a "keystone" species). They are host plants to more than 500 species of caterpillars, meaning that those caterpillars need oaks to develop into butterflies and moths, just as monarch butterflies need milkweed. Without oaks, those species cannot survive. No other plant in North America hosts as many species of pollinators. In addition, oaks feed other insects, birds and other wildlife with acorns, and other forage.
Although the ward is changing, the 5th Ward overall has among Evanston's lowest income levels and life expectancy, and appears to have lost private tree canopy relative to other areas. Natural Habitat also shares trees in other under-canopied, historically underserved neighborhoods in Evanston.
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.
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.