Author: cassi saari

Chicago Managed Native Garden Registry Town Hall (March 2nd) at 7PM

Chicago Managed Native Garden Registry Town HallTuesday, March 2nd, 2021 at 7PMRSVP (Zoom) Join a virtual “town hall” on the proposed Managed Native Garden Registry Ordinance for the City of Chicago on Tuesday, March 2nd at 7PM. Representatives from the offices of co-sponsoring aldermen and the Department of Planning and Development will be present to…
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Illinois Botanists Big Year 2020 Results

Find the most plant species in Illinois in 2020 and rejoice in your victory! And the winner is… Abel Kinser (@abelkinser) with 978 species! As of 16 January 2021, @abelkinser had 1,301 Research Grade observations of 978 species for 2020. Congrats! 2020 Illinois Botanists Big Year Stats 5,930 observers75,280 Research Grade observations of plants – 33% by people who…
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New Illustrated Botanical Glossary for the Flora of the Chicago Region

Glossary text by Gerould Wilhelm & Laura RerichaGlossary illustrations by Kathleen Marie Garness An excellent new illustrated botanical glossary was recently published by the Conservation Research Institute and Indiana Academy of Science. It is a freely available companion to the Flora of the Chicago Region (2017), written by Gerould Wilhelm and Laura Rericha. This new…
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How to learn your flora in 2019

Crunchy brown leaves, drab gray skies, and a lot of snow didn’t stop Illinois plant enthusiasts from botanizing this past winter. The Illinois Native Plant Society has run the Illinois Botanists Big Year competition each year since 2016, using the iNaturalist.org platform. Anyone may participate, from professional botanists to plant identification novices, by uploading photographic…
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