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BGI – Seed Collecting
October 13 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Dive deep into the wilds of NW Cook/SW Lake counties with the Explore and Restore series coming to a forest preserve near you! As a part of the Explore and Restore series, we are calling on neighbors in the region to get involved by hiking, collecting and distributing native seeds, cutting and burning invasive species, participating in introductory bird walks, and planting prairie plugs across the region.
Here’s how it works. Each month, a different “spotlight event” will showcase a new site or restoration activity. In the fall, weekly seed collecting opportunities at preserves throughout the region will be held. These seeds are strategically distributed throughout the region to ensure that prairies and woodlands continue to improve. During fall and spring, bird walks will highlight the stunning diversity of birds that migrate through or overwinter in the area. In the winter, volunteers will cut and burn invasive brush that chokes out our native species. In the summer, featured activities include prairie plug plantings and hikes at some of the larger sites in the region. All of these events are designed to illustrate the biodiversity of the region and the central role that volunteers like you play in the effort.
All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Work side-by-side with experienced volunteer stewards and staff from Citizens for Conservation, Audubon Great Lakes, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Forest Preserves of Cook County, and Lake County Forest Preserves.