Northerly Island Plant Rescue

24 Oct

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WHAT:
Help rescue hundreds of native plants that currently live on the southern 40 acres of Northerly Island Park.

WHO:
The Chicago Park District, The Field Museum, Audubon Chicago Region and Openlands with the assistance of Greencorps will be on hand to help dig up plants for individuals to take home and plant in their yards.

WHEN:
Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:
Northerly Island, 1400 S. Linn White Drive

MORE:
Starting in November, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers will begin a $5 million Habitat Development project on the southern 40-acres of Northerly Island. The plan calls for major improvements in native habitat, along with a modified landscape and grading plan.  These improvements will create a higher quality and more diverse natural area for flora, fauna, and campers.

Plenty of shovels and garbage bags will be available.  Plant species include (in order of greatest presence):

• Andropogon scoparius –Little Bluestem
• Bouteloua curtipendula- Side Oats Grama
• Monarda fistulosa- Wild Bergamot
• Aster novae-angliae- New England Aster
• Ratibida pinnata- Gray Headed Coneflower
• Solidago rigida- Stiff Goldenrod
• Verbena stricta- Hoary Vervain

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