GO LIVE! at CFC’s Flint Creek Savanna

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The final Go Live date is October 5, 2014, for the Interactive Feature at Citizens for Conservation’s Flint Creek Savanna. The Flint Creek Savanna trails will be open to the public from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Six plaques will be posted along the trail with QR Codes that can access videos of CFC Restoration Experts telling about the Founder Waid …

Citizens for Conservation Gives Mighty Oak Awards

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At its recent annual meeting, Citizens for Conservation bestowed Mighty Oak Awards on twenty-five non-board members who volunteered fifty hours or more during the last year.  Many of these individuals have received the award year after year for service to CFC; others are newcomers to the ranks of these exceptional volunteers.  Work is done year round in all aspects of …

Collaboration Refurbishes Baker’s Lake Rookery

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Under the direction of engineering consultant Robert Sliwinski, who designed the Baker’s Lake Rookery, Citizens for Conservation volunteers Karl Humbert, Steve Halm, Andrew Novak, John Schweizer and Helen Sheyka recently braved the chill on wind-whipped Baker’s Lake Island, freshening the nesting sites with last month’s Christmas trees from the Village of Barrington.  Village public works personnel delivered the trees to …

A Restoration Record

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CFC’s restoration campaign in 2013 broke our 28 year record for both total hours and number of volunteers. During the 101 workdays, 306 individuals came, producing 3,601 hours of restoration work. This is very gratifying, and we thank everybody and salute the volunteer sprit. There are not many places on the earth that this happens and we can all be …

Bird-Watching Indoors

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Bird lovers might consider spending an afternoon during the winter holiday with a visit to the Lake County Discovery Museum’s “Beguilded by the Wild: The Art of Charley Harper.” Harper used bold colors and simple, graphic shapes to create out-of-the ordinary – and often whimsical – wildlife portraits. A concurrent exhibit, “The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction,” marks the 100th …

Old Well? Put a Cap on it. Here’s how Citizens for Conservation did it.

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Citizens for Conservation’s restoration volunteers were clearing a newly acquired oak savanna property in Lake Barrington when they made an unusual discovery. What looked like a pile of of shingles was the collapsed roof of a small building erected over an abandoned water well pit. The well, installed in 1937 and likely driven by a windmill in its early years, …

Chicago Wilderness Day of Service

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Citizens for Conservation’s September 28th workday – the Chicago Wilderness Day of Service – brought out 44 volunteers who helped collect seed from native plants. The group included school-age children as well as new volunteers as well as CFC members who were attending their first workday. Thanks to all!

Citizens for Conservation Celebrates Flint Creek Savanna’s 25th Anniversary

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On a beautiful September Saturday, community members of all ages gathered to celebrate the vision and success that is now Citizens for Conservation’s award winning Flint Creek Savanna, a 131-acre nature preserve abundant with native plant and animal life.  Restoration volunteers gathered for an appreciation breakfast before their regular workday and all was in order when Village of Lake Barrington …

Native Plant Sale a Flourishing Success

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CFC’s 17th annual Native Plant, Shrub and Tree Sale, held May 4-5th, is now in the record books. Some 15,385 forbs (flowering plants such as queen of the prairie, blood root, butterfly weed, red trillium and spiderwort), grasses and ferns were purchased by gardeners along with 217 shrubs and trees. Knowledgeable CFC volunteers,and successful native gardeners, were at the sale …

Community Ed Receives BACF Grant

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Barrington Area Community Foundation (BACF) has provided $1500 in seed money to CFC’s Community Education Committee to help develop its new Habitat Corridors initiative. This innovative new program is in keeping with CFC’s vision and its efforts to acquire and restore contiguous land. The goal is to create habitat for native birds and other struggling plant and animal species. We …