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CFC January Events Start with a Buzz

  • Posted by Barrington Hills
  • On January 11, 2019

Citizens for Conservation will launch its 2019 Community Education Program Series with “Creating Healthy Habitat for the Rusty-patched Bumblebee” on Saturday, January 26 at 10 a.m.

Aurelia Nichols will discuss the rusty-patched bumblebee, the first bumblebee to be listed as federally endangered. Nichols’ prime interest is in the relationship between plants and their pollinators and how healthy habitat establishment through landscape design can support their survival.

The annual program series, which focuses on creating habitat and earth-friendly yard practices, will also feature:

Habitat Makeover: Adding Value to Your Landscape; Saturday, February 16. Landscape architect and ecologist Andy Stahr will discuss the successful implementation of natural areas into home landscapes.

—Favorite Native Plants: Trees, Shrubs, Flowers and Grasses; Saturday, March 9. Meredith Tucker, naturalist and chair of CFC’s Habitat Corridors program, will share information on favorite native plants that are popular with her Habitat Corridors clients.

          —A Morning with Rachel Carson; Saturday, April 13. Actress and scholar Leslie Goddard will portray Rachel Carson, scientist and author of Silent Spring, a wakeup call about the dangers of the pesticide DDT.

All programs will be held at the Barrington Village Hall at 200 S. Hough St., Barrington. Free parking is available in the lot behind the building. Programs begin at 10 a.m.; coffee, conversation and handouts will be available at 9:30. CFC members are free; $10 for nonmembers. RSVP to 847-382-SAVE (7283) or to

communityed@citizensforconservation.org. Please provide your name, phone number and the program name.


CFC and Barrington Greenway Initiative Sponsor Special Volunteer Restoration Day

The Barrington Greenway Initiative and Citizens for Conservation will sponsor a special family-friendly volunteer workday on Saturday, January 12, from 9-11 a.m., at Craftsbury Preserve.

The group will cut invasive buckthorn and brush at Craftsbury, CFC’s newest preserve. Thanks to a generous grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, volunteer hours will earn grant support. Be a part of the Barrington area’s collaborative conservation community and work alongside volunteer stewards and staff from CFC, Audubon Great Lakes, the Bobolink Foundation, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Forest Preserves of Cook County, and Lake County Forest Preserves. Meet in CFC’s parking lot at 459 W. Highway 22, Lake Barrington; wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. All ages are welcome, and snacks and special refreshments will be provided.

The Barrington Greenway Initiative is a long-term plan, created and led by Citizens for Conservation, to expand and link fragmented natural habitats, increase biodiversity and advance ecosystems in the greater Barrington community from approximately Poplar Creek north to Roberts Road. This partnership between CFC and other conservation groups and volunteers will link more than 14,000 acres of prairies, wetlands and forest preserves for conservation success and benefits to area residents.

Friendly reminder, volunteers of all ages are welcome on regular restoration workdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 9 – 11 a.m. January workdays will focus on brush cutting.

Meet at CFC’s office, 459 W. Highway 22, Lake Barrington, across from Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.

For more information, call CFC at 847-382-SAVE (7283) or visit www.citizensforconservation.org.