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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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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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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Roadside Riches to Ruins

Just a few miles from my northern Wisconsin cabin, coffee in hand for my 3 ½ hour drive back to Milwaukee, I pass a hilltop full of grazing Herefords. I let out an audible gasp and then an “Oh no.”

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Bumble Bee Brigade

Since the listing of the rusty patched bumble bee by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in 2017, bumble bee interest has grown amongst land managers in the upper Midwest.  As it turns out, some of the best places to find the rusty patched bumble bee are in native prairies that have blooming flowers throughout the entire growing season.

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