Scheduled RBD Workdays for 2019

25 Mar

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Mark your calendar- workdays in 2019 are select Saturdays, usually 10:00am-12:00pm:

  • May 18 2019, 10am-12pm
    • Special Event! wetland planting – be prepared to get wet and dirty
  • June 22 2019, 10am-12pm
    • Community stewardship workday – Sweetclover removal
  • August 17 2019, 10am-12pm
    • Community stewardship workday – Invasive species management
  • October 19 2019, 7-9am and 9-11am *note the different times*

RSVP to a scheduled Workday here.

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Saturday June 22: invasive species management

15 Jun

Please join us on Saturday June 22 from 10am-12pm to attack invasive species that have started to make themselves known, even in this cool wet start to the summer, like goat’s beard, cheatgrass, pepperweed, and bladder campion! Co-steward Jen Raber will lead this family friendly workday and we encourage you to bring friends, family, and neighbors.

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-steward Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com) directly with questions about June’s workday

Remember to prepare for the weather and uneven, sandy terrain: sun protection, sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are always recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided. (See directions below and here.)

In other RBD news, high lake levels continue to make RBD slightly different every time I visit this spring. Here’s a video of some wave action from just the other day!

P1030558.jpgIn addition to the dynamic shoreline, you’ll find other new sights: a newly installed bikerack (!!!), so you can feel comfortable riding your bike to the nature area AND locking it up safely.

 

 

P1030593.jpgAlso, both of the tree swallow nest boxes are filled with … nests! I advise you not to get too close so you don’t disturb the protective parents and their precious offspring-to-be.
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The native prickly pear cactuses aren’t blooming yet, but you can find many of the larger plants just on the cusp with their buds ready to burst over the next weeks.

 
 
 

Finally, We’re grateful to all our volunteers, and especially the Honeycomb Project for bringing enthusiastic families to the wetland planting on a beautiful day in May. Check out some photos from this fun event. Nearly all our stewardship events at RBD are family-friendly so we hope to see you all again!

 

Mark your calendars and RSVP now! This makes it easier for us to plan, and to contact you if any changes arise.
Remaining 2019 workdays:

  • June 22 2019, 10am-12pm: Community stewardship workday – Invasive species management
  • August 17 2019, 10am-12pm: Community stewardship workday – Invasive species management
  • October 21 2019, 7-9am and 9-11am *note the different times* : Special Event! Chicago Ornithological Society birdwalk 7-9 am +; RBD workday 9-11am

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, or from the #6 bus stop, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
    • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
    • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
    • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.

From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.

From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.

Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.

 

Wetland planting followup: May 18 workday

27 May

Volunteers got down and dirty to install native plants in the wetlands of the natural area. It was great to collaborate with the Honeycomb Project on this workday, and many thanks to our committed return volunteers. We couldn’t do this without you!

 

 

 

Saturday May 18: Special event wetland planting

2 May
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Have you been to the dunes lately? As I say every spring, dunes are dynamic and wow you will find a dynamic place next time you visit. With lake levels high and a stormy winter and spring, the foredune is mostly flattened and we see more of the low depressions filling with water regularly. In fact, our first workday of the year is a reaction to this — planting native wetland plants at the far southeast corner of the beach to steel the small pond against invasive species!
Join us and our friends from the Honeycomb Project on Saturday May 18 from 10am-12pm to get your hands dirty and install some plants! Truly you should prepare yourself for wet and dirty conditions; the planting will not just be a day at the beach. :) However, there will be ample time for weed pulling, trash cleanup, or a nature walk if this is more your style.
Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).
Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: sun protection, sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are always recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.
Check your calendars and RSVP now!
We will have four workdays this year with the hopes that we can concentrate a critical mass of volunteers on these particular dates.
  • May 18 2019, 10am-12pm
    • Special Event! wetland planting – be prepared to get wet and dirty
  • June 22 2019, 10am-12pm
    • Community stewardship workday – Sweetclover removal
  • August 17 2019, 10am-12pm
    • Community stewardship workday – Invasive species management
  • October 19 2019, 7-9am and 9-11am *note the different times*

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, or from the #6 bus stop, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
    • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
    • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
    • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.
Gallery

Early spring at Rainbow Beach Dunes

30 Apr

 

Saturday September 8: Community stewardship workday

31 Aug
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What amazing treasures have you found at RBD this year? Lately, we’ve seen 3 Lobelia species (L to R above: great blue lobelia, bog lobelia, cardinal flower), a beautiful tiger moth (Apantesis arge), and of course the grasses are flowering and turning shades of red, orange and yellow.

Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes from 10am-12pm this Saturday September 8, 2018 to help pull weeds, pick up trash, and take a nature walk.

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).
Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: sun protection, sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.
 …

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.


**Mark your calendar!**
Workdays in 2018 are the second Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm:
LAST workday of 2018 on Saturday, October 13

RSVP to a Community Stewardship Workday here.

Saturday August 11: Community stewardship workday

7 Aug
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Tis the season for blazing stars! We have two beautiful Liatris species (L. aspera, pictured above, and L. spicata) at Rainbow, and you might also see lobelia, grass of parnassas, the beginnings of fringed gentian, or some cute sedges in the panne (Carex aurea and C. comosa among others)

Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes from 10am-12pm this Saturday August 11, 2018 to help pull weeds, pick up trash, and take a nature walk.

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).
Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: sun protection, sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.
 …

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.


**Mark your calendar!**
Workdays in 2018 are the second Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm:
Saturday, September 8
Saturday, October 13

RSVP to a Community Stewardship Workday here.

Saturday July 14: Community stewardship workday, aka summertime at the beach!

11 Jul

Midsummer is really one of the best times to see dune ecosystem shining – barn swallows nesting and swooping for insects, prickly pair cactus, 3 milkweed species, prairie clover, and bee balms all blooming to convince bugs to pollinate them with their bright colors and sweet nectar. 

Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes from 10am-12pm this Saturday July 14, 2018 to help pull weeds (sweet clover and cheat grass), pick up trash, and take a nature walk. This is a great workday for the whole family – we always feel very accomplished after playing a game of spot-the-sweet-clover. 

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).

Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it could be cool and wet, or sunny and warm! Sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Parking permits, tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.

 …

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.

**Mark your calendar!** 

Workdays in 2018 are the second Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm:

Saturday, August 11
Saturday, September 8
Saturday, October 13

RSVP to a Community Stewardship Workday here.

June 9: Community Stewardship Workday

5 Jun
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The dunes are really coming alive this month, with new birds for the summer, monarch butterflies, and all kinds of plants welcoming visitors with their smiling flowers.

Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes from 10am-12pm on Saturday June 9, 2018 to help pull weeds (sweet clover and cheat grass) and take a nature walk. This is a great workday for the whole family – we always feel very accomplished after playing a game of spot-the-sweet-clover.

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).

Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it could be cool and wet, or sunny and warm! Sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.

**Mark your calendar!**
Workdays in 2018 are the second Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm:

Saturday, July 14
Saturday, August 11
Saturday, September 8
Saturday, October 13

RSVP to a Community Stewardship Workday here.

CANCELED May 12: Community Stewardship Workday

7 May

Spring is moving along quickly now. Migrating birds are passing through and color is starting to alight on the dunes.

The invasive sweet clover is soaking up the rays, turning green and bushy.

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Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes from 10am-12pm on Saturday May 12, 2018 to help pull weeds and see what else is waking up on the dunes. 

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).

Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it could be cool and wet, or sunny and warm! Sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.


Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.


**Mark your calendar!**

Workdays in 2018 are the second Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm:

Saturday June 9
Saturday July 14
Saturday August 11
Saturday September 8
Saturday October 13

RSVP to a Community Stewardship Workday here.

….
Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!

Find directions and a map here.

Saturday 4/28: Chicago City Nature Challenge at RBD

20 Apr

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Join friends, neighbors and other volunteers at Rainbow Beach Dunes on Saturday 4/28, 10am-1pm to participate in the Chicago City Nature Challenge.

It’s a Bioblitz where we will take pictures of ALL the species we find in the nature area (and throughout the whole park) and upload them to iNaturalist! Since there are unique plants and animals in a dune ecosystem, we’ll be able to make a special contribution to the Chicago region; there are several species on this list of Species to Find! that we will easily see at RBD.

No experience in plant/animal ID is necessary. We will use the program iNaturalist, so it will be helpful if you’ve signed up for iNaturalist and downloaded the app to your smart phone. If you can stay for lunch, we encourage you to bring snacks or a dish to share with other hard-working volunteers.

Please RSVP here!

Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it could be cool and wet, or sunny and warm! Sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.
 …

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut. 
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.

 

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Followup: April 14 workday

18 Apr

Spring may have officially sprung in Chicago, but it seems to keep recoiling amid wind, rain, snow, and cold. There were mighty waves along the shore on April 14 and practically no beach in front of the nature area!


Waves came up all the way to the marram grass, submerged the ephemeral wetland on the southeast end of the beach, and fully filled the swale.

But we had intrepid volunteers who came out despite the cold and wind! We found an owl pellet and noted that even the earliest flowerers (sand cress and bearberry) aren’t flowering yet.

Thanks to first time volunteers Sam and Bryan! Hope you come out again when the weather is better.

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Start of the 2018 stewardship season

1 Apr

 

Happy spring!
Rainbow Beach Dunes needs you – like usual, winter storms brought all kinds of trash and treasures ashore.

Join us to clean up the beach and nature area at the first RBD community workday of the season: 10am-12pm on Saturday April 14, 2018.

Rosettes of beach wormwood (Artemisia campestris) are the first leaves to green up in the spring. Soon we’ll see beach cress (Arabidopsis lyrata) and then bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) will be flowering. 

We also got a Christmas gift from the Chicago Park District: three new Jack Pines surrounding a nascent panne behind the secondary dune.

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Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).
Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it could be cool and wet, or sunny and warm! Sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.

Mark your calendar-
workdays in 2018 are the second Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm:

Saturday, May 12
Saturday, June 9
Saturday, July 14
Saturday, August 11
Saturday, September 8
Saturday, October 13
RSVP to a Community Stewardship Workday here.

 …

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.


Want to support the Rainbow Beach Park community and learn about all kinds of events and programs in the Park? Join the Rainbow Beach Park Advisory Council, attend a meeting on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30pm in the Fieldhouse, and certainly visit their Facebook page to learn more.

 

Scheduled Community Stewardship Workdays for 2018

28 Feb

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Happy New Year!

Mark your calendar- workdays in 2018 are the second Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm:

Saturday, April 14
Saturday, May 12
Saturday, June 9
Saturday, July 14
Saturday, August 11
Saturday, September 8
Saturday, October 13

RSVP to a Community Stewardship Workday here.

October 28: marram grass planting

19 Oct

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Come out to RBD for the last community stewardship workday of the year! If you’re familiar with the dune ecosystem, you know all about the importance of marram grass as a stabilizing species — on Saturday October 28th we’ll plant a small, weedy area near the parking lot with this native plant! We’ll be there at the usual time 10am-12pm to do some planting and take a nature walk through big bluestem, switchgrass, canada wild rye, and little bluestem, turning the dunes into a vibrant sea of grasses.

Join us Saturday October 28 from 10am-12pm!  Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it could be cool and wet, or sunny and warm! Sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).

Want to support the Rainbow Beach Park community and learn about all kinds of events and programs in the Park? Join the Rainbow Beach Park Advisory Council, attend a meeting on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30, and certainly visit their Facebook page to learn more.

 
**Mark your calendars**
See you next time in March 2018!

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Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.
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