Illinois Prairie Wild Ones: Bringing Meadowspacing to Spaces Large and Small

Wild OnesAuthor and photographer Catherine Zimmerman combines her expertise in film-making, horticulture and organic practices to show how “meadowscaping” can be a beautiful and practical alternative to part or all of our lawns.  Experts Michael Nadeau, Larry Weaner, and Neil Diboll bring their wealth of experience to explain in detail site preparation, design, planting, and maintenance. Nationally known writer, speaker, and entomologist Douglas Tallamy explains why these urban meadows bring birds and butterflies.  Whether you have only a small sunny area or an acre or more, if you would like to enjoy the visual delights and ecological benefits which come with a meadow/prairie, you will find inspiration and hands-on guidance in this outstanding 60-minute video.

Program is free, and the public is cordially invited.

For more information on this program, please call Meredith Schroeer, (309) 452-8700.  Wild Ones is a national organization of local chapters encouraging ecologically sound landscaping.  For more information please visit us at or find us on Facebook at Illinois Prairie Wild Ones.

Ecology Action Center seeks nominations for McLean County Green Awards

The Ecology Action Center wants to know who is making a difference in McLean County.  Nominations for the World of Difference Awards and the Recycling and Waste Reduction Awards are now being accepted.  The recipients of these awards will be announced on April 13 at the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo held at the Shirk Center at Illinois Wesleyan University.

These annual awards recognize outstanding projects, activities, or individuals in McLean County that promote environmental awareness or conserve natural resources.  Any business, organization, school, or individual may be nominated for either award.

Applications are available online or by stopping by the Ecology Action Center at 202 W College Avenue in Normal; all submissions are due by March 15, 2013.

McLean County Recycling Award Nomination Form

World of Difference Award Nomination Form

Green Drinks

Looking for conversation or networking opportunities with like-minded individuals?

Join us at Green Drinks, the monthly environmental get-together. With no agenda and no membership or admission fees, Green Drinks is nice way to have some informal conversation on whatever environmental topics you want to bring to the table.

Green Drinks is held on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at Medici.

Krista Kirkham of the Nature Conservancy – Crops and Conservation: the Mackinaw River Program

34973_137336792967099_4419058_nOn January 31, at 7:00 p.m. at Illinois Wesleyan University in the CNS building, room C101, Krista Kirkham, Applied Scientist for the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), will talk about “Crops and Conservation: The Nature Conservancy’s Mackinaw River Program.” The Mackinaw River in central Illinois contains several high quality stream segments and is home to many aquatic species, but it is exposed to environmental stressors such as agriculture runoff from the surrounding landscape. Krista will talk about the work of The Nature Conservancy in Illinois and give an overview of three TNC conservation projects along the Mackinaw River, including the Paired Watershed Project, the Franklin Research and Demonstration Project, and the Mackinaw Drinking Watersheds Project.

Friends of EverBloom Meeting

Our standing committees are by-laws, financial affairs, membership, nominations, publications and outreach, technical advisory, and fund raising.  As was mentioned, we will establish committees that will be in charge of actually completing projects.  We will let you know what those committees are at the next meeting.  We encourage you to join one or more of the committees and consider chairing one of the new committees.  Every member will have plenty of opportunities to get involved in this group.

Mahomet Aquifer Sole Source Aquifer Informational Meeting USEPA

On January 30 from 1:00-3:00 the City of Champaign will be hosting the Sole Source Aquifer Coordinator from US EPA Region 5, Bill Spaudling for a short presentation and a question and answer session.  This meeting is designed for public officials, administrators, interest groups, and others that are interested in learning more about the process and how the designation will affect the Aquifer region. This is not the public comment meeting, the USEPA will schedule this later in the designation process. If you would like an invitation sent to another organization please let me know and I will coordinate this.

The USEPA meeting will be held in the City of Champaign Council Chambers 1st floor, 102 N. Neil St Champaign IL 61820.

Please RSVP including the number attending by January 25th to Angela Adams- [email protected] or by phone at 217 403 4780.