Volunteers

Autumn Olive, Buckthorn and Privet, Oh My!

By Audra Ebling Once you see them, you can’t un-see them. Invasive plant species, that is. They are everywhere. My first personal experience with invasive species occurred when we bought a house on the north side of Chicago in the mid 90s that had a morning glory-type vine crawling its way up the garage. Charming, …

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Drama on Damon Run: Mink Monitoring Part 3

This story is part of an ongoing wildlife monitoring project along a tributary of Salt Creek, Damon Run,  that meanders through Meadowbrook Nature Preserve. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 to catch up!   By: Jim Haniford Nothing prepared me for winter through the lens of the trail camera.  Once Sarah fine-tuned its sensitivity, …

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Bags of neatly labled plant seed

Discovering a New Passion in The Great Marsh

By Dale Nichols Given the right growing conditions, the budding seed of curiosity can sometimes blossom into a wonderful new passion.  My name is Dale Nichols, and this is a story about a three-and-a-half-month journey of discovery involving my own curiosity with, well, seeds—more specifically the seeds of native plants growing in the Shirley Heinze …

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Group at Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve

Partnership Week 2020 – Community Partners

Nature is for EVERYONE, and on this final day of Partnership week, we are celebrating the many individuals, organizations, schools, corporations and government agencies who are helping to make local nature accessible, fun, and educational for ALL who visit and reside in northwestern Indiana. A very special thanks to our partners including Urban League of …

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Orbis Botanist Nathanael J. Pilla monitoring the Little Calumet River

Partnership Week 2020 – Volunteer Partners

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Individuals from various walks and stages of life, generously donate their time and talents. They are essential to all aspects of our work, from projects out in the community and on our preserves, to serving as board, advisory council, and committee members, volunteering their time and professional expertise. …

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Headless Zombie Oak Haunts Walnut Woods Preserve!

By Glenn N. Major, Volunteer Preserve Steward at Walnut Woods Nature Preserve Maybe we should rename Walnut Woods to Sleepy Hollow. Long ago, a Red Oak tree at the preserve may have been hit by lightning, resulting in its canopy falling to the forest floor where it sits today, feeding mushrooms and moss. Its branchless, …

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photo of Maureen Kolbusz and Kaye Martin working in the greenhouse at Barker Woods

Retirement Career? Volunteer!

Shirley Heinze Land Trust is fortunate to have a dedicated pool of volunteers with a variety of talents and passions. Maureen Kolbusz has to be one of the most resolute! When one of your first experiences as a volunteer with an organization is pulling bent and rusty nails from reclaimed staircase boards, and you still …

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