A climate action evanston program
Plants native to Evanston
speaker series
Presented by Natural Habitat Evanston, Rotary International, EVANSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY and evanston ecology center
Dive into Chicagoland's diverse ecosystems with engaging, expert-led talks on nature. This journey is about marveling at nature and understanding our changing environment and actions we can take to enhance our urban environment and our own health, enjoyment and place in it.
Each presentation shares a piece of this story. Explore topics from our nighttime skies to the challenges faced by urban wildlife. From tales of butterflies and dragonflies to insights into the future of disease management (especially mosquitoes) amid climate change. Secure your spot now!
Upcoming Presentations

Butterfly and Dragonfly Populations, what Research shows

Doug Taron
Curator of Biology, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Tuesday
May 14, 2024
6:30 pm
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7:30 pm
Zoom or One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Native American Garden: Urban Forest, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Dr. Eli Suzukovich III
Northwestern Univ., Environmental Policy, Culture, Anthropology
Tuesday
June 11, 2024
6:30 pm
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7:30 pm
Zoom or One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Urban Rats: how to Manage them and Let Wildlife Thrive

Larry Heaney
Negaunee Curator of Mammals, Field Museum
Tuesday
July 9, 2024
6:30 pm
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7:30 pm
Zoom or One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Climate and Sustainability: the Challenge for Mosquito-Disease Control

Mark Clifton, Ph.D.
Executive Director, North Shore Mosquito Abatement District
Tuesday
August 13, 2024
6:30 pm
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7:30 pm

Mental Health and Climate Dwindling and Losses

Lise Van Susteren
Clinical Associate Prof, Psychiatry, George Washington University
Tuesday
September 10, 2024
6:30 pm
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7:30 pm
@ Pam Karlson

Birds in the Garden: Creating & Enjoying a Bird Oasis

Pam Karlson
Professional Gardener and Public Speaker
Tuesday
October 8, 2024
6:30 pm
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7:30 pm
Zoom or One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., 3rd Fl. Auditorium, Evanston, IL 60201
@ Urban Wildlife Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo

Biodiversity in the city: using acoustics to understand the bats of Chicago

Liza W. Lehrer, M.S.
Assistant Director, Urban Wildlife Institute Lincoln Park Zoo
Tuesday
November 12, 2024
6:30 pm
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7:30 pm
One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., 3rd Fl. Auditorium, Evanston, IL 60201
@ illinoiswildflowers.info

A guide to restoring the little things that run the world

Doug Tallamy
Univ. of Delaware, TA Baker Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Tuesday
December 10, 2024
6:30 pm
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7:30 pm
Zoom or One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., 3rd Fl. Auditorium, Evanston, IL 60201
Past Presentations
NASA, Unsplash

It’s A Night Thing: How Dispelling the Dark has Altered our World

Ken Walczak
DarkSky International and Adler Planetarium
VIDEO OF PRESENTATION
(Video coming soon!)

Our Urban Wildlife: Coyotes, Bats, Rats and other critters

Seth Magle, Ph.D.
Director, Urban Wildlife Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo
VIDEO OF PRESENTATION
(Video coming soon!)
@Laine Hoffman

Bird Collisions: Hazardous Features and Easy Solutions

Annette Prince
Director, Chicago Bird Collision Monitors
VIDEO OF PRESENTATION
(Video coming soon!)

About Us

Natural Habitat Evanston, a program of Climate Action Evanston, is an all-volunteer community group of about 900 members, spreading the word on creating habitat for insects, birds, and other wildlife. We aim to change the culture of lawns: leaving your leaves is the simplest first step; the second step is adding a native shrub or tree to shrink your lawn. We show how to transition from turf with low-cost cardboard methods, which keystone native plants to choose for year-round forage, that insects chewing on leaves is a ‘win’ (rather than cause to reach for pesticide), how turning off unnecessary lights saves insect and birds (and human health), and how to make your windows bird-friendly (because if you are going to invite birds to your yard, let them visit safely). We plant a lot of native trees and shrubs, especially at schools and in the 5th Ward.

We encourage people to think outside the lawn with No Mow May. Our Pollinator Pledge is a central focus of all our outreach and education, and a great way to spread the word to your neighbors.

About the other sponsors of these events

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Rotary and the Rotary Staff Green Committee are proud to co-sponsor this event.
Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Through our environment area of focus, we are committed to supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment. We empower communities to access grants and other resources, embrace local solutions, and spur innovation in an effort to address the causes and reduce the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.
Evanston Ecology Center. Surrounded by the Ladd Arboretum, the Ecology Center is home to a nature classroom with live animal exhibits, nature-based educational programming, and a multi-purpose room for event rentals.
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The Evanston Ecology Center strives to foster a greater appreciation, awareness and knowledge of the natural environment and our interdependence with it through educational programs and services.