Community Ed Program Saturday January 26, 2019

Creating Healthy Habitat for the Rusty-patched Bumblebee

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Aurelia Nichols

In 2017, Bombus affinis, the Rusty- Patched Bumble Bee, became the first bumble bee to be listed as federally endangered. So, how can we help them? Learn what ecosystems B. affinis inhabits, the stages of its life cycle, what its habitat needs are, and what specific plants native to our area offer healthy bumble bee nutrition. By supporting the recovery of B. affinis, we can help safeguard our other pollinators.

Aurelia’s prime interest is in the relationship between plants and their pollinators and how healthy habitat establishment through landscape design can support their survival. Her research focus includes B. affinis, the rusty-patched bumblebee. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern University. Currently, she’s working on a degree in Horticulture.

Upcoming Programs:

Habitat Makeover: Adding Value to Your Landscape

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Andy Stahr, Landscape Architect and Ecologist

Hear a unique perspective on the successful implementation of natural areas into home landscapes. Stahr will introduce a wildlife value rating tool that can be used to evaluate a landscape’s current wildlife value as well as a plan for increasing its value through adaptive gardening.

Favorite Native Plants: Trees, Shrubs, Flowers and Grasses

Saturday March 9, 2019

Meredith C. Tucker, Naturalist and Chair of CFC’s Habitat Corridors program

Our favorite presenter will share some favorite native plants that are popular with her Habitat Corridors clients. These are plants that grow successfully in various conditions in our area. Come get some ideas for your yard and be ready to order for planting this spring.

A Morning with Rachel Carson

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Leslie Goddard, Actress and Scholar

Imagine having a conversation with Rachel Carson, scientist and author of Silent Spring, a wake-up call about the dangers of the pesticide DDT. This portrayal of an influential woman from the past has significant meaning for the environmental issues of today.

RSVP 847-382-SAVE (7283) or to

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Programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and end by 11:30. Come for coffee, conversation and handouts at 9:30. CFC members attend free as a benefit of membership. Program fee is $10 for non-members.

All programs will be held at the Barrington Village Hall at 200 South Hough Street in Barrington. Convenient free parking in lot behind the building.