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Merchandise

Merchandise is shipped the cheapest way (parcel post or media mail). Parcel post takes 7-10 days. Media mail takes 5-14 days. If you need your order to arrive before a specific date, please enter that date on the PayPal order page in the Instructions box or on the paper order form.

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Seed

  Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Main food of the Monarch butterfly caterpillar.

Growing Instructions

Mix with sand for even distribution and sow seed on the ground in fall at a rate of 1/8 oz per sq. yd. for a monoculture stand and plant flowers nearby to provide the butterflies with food. Seed can also be sprinkled sparingly over larger area with other flower seeds or interspersed with other flowering plants in spring. Water and weed around seedlings the first summer. Seed has been cold treated. Store seed in refrigerator for no longer than 2 years.

Monarch Life Cycle

(Feb-Mar) Hibernating monarchs in Mexico find a mate, migrate north, lay eggs, and die. (Mar-Apr) 1st generation eggs grow to be caterpillars, chrysalises, and adult butterflies. (May-Jun) 2nd gen. eggs reproduce and migrate north and east to Kansas. (Jul-Aug) 3rd gen. reproduces and migrates north and east to Ontario. (Sep-Oct) 4th gen. eggs, wherever born, mature and migrate back to Mexico.

The Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts (NIPE)

Our mission is to restore the native grasslands of Northwest Illinois. Your purchase helps us make new prairies. TPE is a not-for-profit, 501-c3 Corporation. You can contact us through our website at www.nipes.org

This seed was collected by volunteers in Jo Daviess County, Illinois.

$6, includes shipping.


Clothing


T-Shirts

T-SHIRTS available from the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts (NIPE)

Hanes Beefy-T 100% Cotton T-shirts in fatigue green with gray ink

$21, includes shipping.


The Bookstore

Includes
Trees: black locust, buckthorn, tree-of-heaven
Shrubs: Eurasian bush honeysuckles, Japanses barberry, multiflora rose, olives
Vines: Chinese yam, Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese hops, kudzu, oriental bittersweet, porcelain berry, swallow-worts
Forbs: bird's-foot-trefoil, Canada thistle, celandine, creeping bellflower, crown vetch, dame's rocket, European marsh thistel, garlic mustard, giant hogweed, hedgeparsleys, hemp nettle, hill mustard, hound's tongue, knotweeds, poson hemlock, purple loosestrife, spotted knapweed, spurges, sweet clovers, tansy, teasels, thistles, wild chervil, wild parsnip, yellow star thistle
Grasses: cattails, Japanese stilt grass, phragmites, reed canary grass, tall manna grass

A Field Guide to Terrestrial Invasive Plants in Wisconsin

Published by the Wisconsin DNR, this 6 inches x 4.5 inches ring-bound booklet provides information on invasive trees, shrubs, vines, forbs, and grasses.

This guide was adapted from A Field Guide to Invasive Plants of the Midwest by the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) and from Minnesota Invasive Non-Native Terrestrial Plants: an Identification Guide for Natural Resource Mangers by the Minnesota DNR.

This guide consists of

  • photos and text to describe species including characteristics to aid in identification
  • characteristics to tell the invasive species apart from look-alike species
  • control information

Note: You can download this guide free from the Wisconsin DNR website: http://dnr.wi.gov/invasives/

$5, includes shipping.


Nature's Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm by Steven Apfelbaum

There are few who have taken to heart Leopold’s vision more than restoration ecologist Steven Apfelbaum, who, over thirty years, transformed his eighty-acre Stone Prairie Farm in Wisconsin into a biologically diverse ecosystem of prairie, wetland, spring brook, and forest. In Nature’s Second Chance, the author captures the intimate relationship he has created with the land and shows how the restored farm is serving as a model for the human community around him.

Opening with his very first walk on the farm, this deeply personal account relates how Apfelbaum and his family worked to restore acres of native wildflowers and wildlife on land he found depleted after years of corn farming. The traditional agricultural community around him was at first deeply suspicious, he explains, but most of them came around to Leopold’s beliefs, as lived by the author, after seeing the benefits of restoration at Stone Prairie Farm. Nature’s Second Chance offers unique insights into the biological world, the processes of ecological recovery, and how humans might play a starring role in healing a planet by implementing Leopold’s land ethic, one farm, lot, or brownfield at a time.

$16, plus $2.50 (per order) for shipping and handling.


Prairie Seedling and Seeding Evaluation

The guide enables you to identify common prairie and weed seedlings in the field. The 120 page guide includes color photos and field descriptions for seeds and seedlings of 54 native grasses and forbs, as well as 26 common agricultural weeds.

Each plant has information about its habitat, when it flowers, and distinguishing characteristics.

$16, plus $2.50 (per order) for shipping and handling.


 

Proceedings of the 19th North American Prairie Conference
University of Wisconsin-Madison
August 8 - 12, 2004

Dave Egan and John A. Harrington, editors

Book - $25
plus $3 (per order) for shipping and handling

CD - $5
plus $2 (per order) for shipping and handling


 

Prairie Directory of North America

Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz provide a comprehensive list of prairie preserves, parks, and remnants in North America.

Price reduced to $2.00, includes shipping and handling.


 

How to Manage Small Prairie Fires by Wayne R. Pauly

Download a PDF version.


There are many books available on prairie and oak savanna ecosystems and on their restoration. Here are few we recommend.

Order any of these books from Amazon (you must click on the book from here) and TPE receives a 15% referral fee. (The referral fee applies to anything you purchase as long as you go to Amazon from the TPE website.)

Note: You are ordering these books directly from Amazon. They will not be shipped with other products on this page.

 

Seed Picking Aprons

As green as you can get!

Collect prairie seed with our seed collecting apron. Made from recycled commercial seed bags, the aprons are heavy duty and measure approximately 18 in. wide X 12 in. deep. Shaped in a half circle formed by a sturdy piece of wire. An extra long cloth apron string makes each apron "One size fits all." Each apron holds approximately three gallons of seed.

Because these aprons are hand made, dimensions and colors may vary slightly.

$25, includes shipping

Parsnip Predator

This shovel was specifically designed for use on the invasive Wild Parsnip, but can be used on other species where severing the root below ground level is advantageous.

It has a narrow blade for less cutting resistance and less potential damage to non-target species, and it is light weight. More information on the parsnip predator.

$37, plus $13 for shipping and handling on 1-6 Predators; $25 for shipping and handling on 7+ Predators.

No Mow Signs

Help protect remnants and prairie plantings!

These "No Mow" signs are 6" by 9", and made of heavy, sturdy aluminum that will last 20 years or more - if no one mows them over! They have holes on the top and bottom so they can easily be mounted to a fencepost with wire.

We recommend talking with your township or county road department to make sure they will honor these signs.

$10, plus $5.25 (per order) for shipping and handling.

Canvas Bags

This 19" (wide) x 16" (high) x 4" (deep) bag has a 25" handle.

The bags are made from unbleached, certified organic cotton.

Each of the bags is individually cut, hand-stitched and screen-printed at their plant in Bedford, New Hampshire.

The bags were made by Enviro-Tote, a family-owned, woman-owned and operated company. Enviro-Tote, Inc., has been creating environmentally friendly promotional tote bags since 1990.

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$20, plus $3 (per order) for shipping and handling