Save the Prairie Society will be hosting a workday to help contain invasive plants that, left on their own, could crowd out our native species. Volunteers will be provided with hot dogs right off the grillalong with refreshments.
Please bring gloves. Long pants and sturdy shoes advised.
“The buffalo came to America long ago from Asia across the land bridge from Siberia to Alaska. Bison can weigh up to a ton and can stand six feet tall. They numbered in the millions and for many Native Americans were the mainstay of their diet. They hunted only what they could eat and used the hair and bone for their daily needs. But it was the arrival of the white settlers in the 1800s that spelled the end of their magnificent reign. By 1870, hundreds of thousands of buffalo were shipped east each year. Commercial killers weren’t the only ones shooting bison. Train companies offered tourists the chance to shoot them from the windows of their coaches. By 1880, the slaughter was almost over. Only a few thousand remained, sheltered in Yellowstone National Park, a herd from which the Native Americans and activists worked to rebuild the once mighty buffalo nation.”
National Wildlife Federation
Learn also about three places in Illinois where sizeable herds of bison have become part of the landscape: Fermi Lab in Batavia, Nachusa Grasslands ( 4,000 acres ), and Midewin. (1,200 acres )
Educational material suitable for children will be available.
Hot Dogs, Brats, and Refreshments, 2 Civil War reenactors, basket raffles, a quilt display, a wool spinning demonstration, crafters and vendors, dulcimer players, house, school house, and local history, family genealogy and prairie tours. An 1850’s immigrant’s trunk will be on display with content.
The vendor form for those vendor who wish to participate is attached here: Entry Form 2017
Join in the fun, and help us find a variety of insects out on the Prairie.Many of these insects are not usually seen in our own gardens.Later, we will identify, study, and release the insects onto the Prairie. Entomologist Mike Rush will lead the hike.
For those who do not wish to go out onto the prairie, there will be an extensive and beautiful insect display on the deck of the Prairie House. This professional display was designed and fashioned by STPS President Lawrence Godson.
Wear sturdy shoes with long pants and bring a perforated plastic
11225 Constitution Drive (The Prairie House), Westchester 60154
June 25 from 1 to 3 pm
One of the best ways to help the bees, butterflies, and birds is to include native plants in your garden.
An easy way to purchase natives is through Linda Walker’s Native Plant Sale. Linda’s plants are used by both the DuPage Chapter and the West Cook Chapter of Wild Ones. Below is a list of the native plants that Linda raises, many of which are prairie plants.