Volunteers

Celebrating Volunteer of the Year

On the evening of October 19, 2023, the Brats & Brews Appreciation Event illuminated the Meadowbrook Nature Preserve pavilion. Despite the chilly and rainy weather outside, the atmosphere inside the pavilion radiated warmth and camaraderie. Shirley Heinze Land Trust proudly celebrated a cumulative 3,615 volunteer hours dedicated since October 2022. A special acknowledgement went to …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot 4: The Great Marsh, July 3, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the fourth in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve.  My last post included a high-level overview of the different families of plants that grow here.  This one will delve into more detail on one of them—the …

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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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Mink Monitoring Part 5: Earth Day Edition

By: Jim Haniford Well, here we are, a little over five months into Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s trail cam monitoring project at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve.  We’re marking Earth Day on the west branch of the tributary of Salt Creek, a waterway that rambles carelessly through the bottomlands of the ancient moraine.  The occasion is attended …

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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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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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