Festival of the Oaks

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Saturday, October 11 Lake Barrington Village Hall, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Citizens for Conservation will host a new event celebrating Barrington’s oak groves. Join us in our efforts to maintain the oak ecosystem in our area by bringing acorns in a Ziploc bag with a leaf from the tree they were collected from. These will help us generate seedlings …

Baker’s Lake Bird Count

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Jim Bodkin from Citizens for Conservation (CFC); Robert Sliwinski, Senior Wildlife Biologist from Christopher Burke Engineering, and Tom Benjamin, also from Citizens for Conservation paddle a canoe around Barrington’s Baker’s Lake Island Rookery  to complete the annual nesting count of herons, egrets, and cormorants. Black-crowned Night Herons. Photo by Jim Bodkin Four Black-crowned Night Heron nests were observed.  These timid …

Remarkable Woman: Wendy Paulson, birder and conservationist

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Chicago Tribune June 15, 2013 | By Jenniffer Weigel It takes a trained ear to know the call of the grasshopper sparrow. Or a bobolink. Or even a meadowlark.  For Wendy Paulson, standing in the grasslands of North Barrington and focusing her telescope on a rare savannah sparrow for all to see, it brings her great joy. “Be sure to …

Caring in Action: CFC helps natural habitats to thrive

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“Saving Living Space for Living Things” is Citizens for Conservation’s motto. This organization is a perfect fit for “Caring in action”, since for this group, caring about saving our natural habitat comes with a great deal of action. And we can all take part. We talked with staff director Sam Oliver about the organization, its diverse projects and the fun …

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 …