Seed Shed Doings, April 2019

Another update on doings of the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts. Here's the story of how a happy accident led to the arrival of a rare bird at Hanley Savanna.

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A Case For Planting Conservative Species - A Love Story

In 1980, as part of my field ecology internship with the International Crane Foundation's (ICF) prairie restoration project, my supervisor Konrad Liegel and I divided our seed collection between an “experimental” fall plot of one acre and a much larger planting the following spring. This was the second planting on the newly purchased farm before any infrastructure was built, and at a time few practitioners saw fall plantings as a good alternative to the traditional spring ones. We didn't know then how pivotal this experiment would be.

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Exhibit Showcases Eldred's Artwork

Gary Eldred guessed that 50 people might attend his exhibit opening at Holy Wisdom Monastery.  When nearly 200 people appeared that January night, he was “absolutely, completely humbled”.

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One Member's Passion For Butterflies

Our most ambitious prairie restoration year is behind us—90+ acres were seeded with native forbs and grasses. Prairie Diva Barbara reported that seed picking was challenging this year due to rain, rain, and more rain. Still, she and her team managed to pick close to 200 species. Over 2,700 lbs. of seeds were collected with the help of 400 volunteer hours spread over 40 public picking sessions.

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Owing Attention On Moely Prairie

Our work helping to restore Moely Prairie, a 23.5-acre remnant sand prairie on the outskirts of Prairie du Sac, has been one big exercise in repaying some of the attention I owe to wild places and beings. Here is my story of paying down the staggering debt.

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Herbicide Stick Applicator: The Makutu

Everyone needs a good applicator for the variety of herbicides used in prairie and savanna restoration and conservation. The Makutu is the answer to all the applicator problems you have had in the past. Here I provide a description of this device the Glacial Prairies Chapter has developed at the request of one of Glacial Prairie Chapter’s stellar volunteers.

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NIPE Seed Shed Doings, October 2018

These days I am spending a lot of time in the seed shed as the mountains of harvested seed roll in. We are in the ‘fluff and stuff’ stage of seed processing. 

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TPE Leadership Retreat - Why are you inspired?

As prairie enthusiasts, why do we do what we do? This is one of the challenging questions that was discussed at the recent leadership retreat. 

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TPE Endowments - a Creative Way to Give

Many non-profit organizations have supporting endowments that provide a guaranteed and dependable source of income. Here is a blog post to provide an overview of importance of TPE's endowments. 

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TPE Receives Accreditation

In August of 2018, The Prairie Enthusiasts and The Prairie Enthusiasts Trust earned national recognition for sound finances, responsible governance, ethical conduct, lasting stewardship, commitment to Public Trust, and conservation excellence! This is a mark of distinction in land conservation. 

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