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RBD winter announcements

22 Jan

Happy New Year! Even though our stewardship work at RBD is on winter hiatus, there are some things around town you still might be interested in.

-Volunteer Training Assessment Survey via The Nature Conservancy
In response to a growing interest in regional training and shared learning opportunities for volunteer stewardship, The Morton Arboretum and The Nature Conservancy have joined in partnership to develop a survey to establish baseline information around current volunteer training and interests. The results will be used to identify strengths, gaps and opportunities that will guide the development of regional training priorities and education programs. Please take a few moments to complete the survey ASAP. Results will be shared in the winter 2015 and will include collective responses for each question. If you would like to receive a copy of the results of the survey, please add your email at the end of the survey and we will send you a summary of the results. Take a moment to complete the survey. Start Survey Here

Public meeting about our closest park! (see attached flyer and distribute widely)

    Park 566 (USX)

Wednesday, February 5th, 6:30pm
Rainbow Beach Park Field House

Please join us for the first public meeting to discuss the planning process for Park 566, located between 79th and 87th St. We want to hear you vision for the park!

-Other restoration and stewardship opportunities in the area (winter is the best season for brush-cutting and burn piles)

via Calumet Stewardship Initiative
via Habitat 2030
via Cook County Forest Preserve District

Park 566 Public Meeting Flyer

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Saturday July 28: Sweet clover hunt

24 Jul

On our recent walk, we noticed lots of invasive sweet clover in the Dunes area. I am glad to report that the population in the prairie area is greatly diminished thanks to our diligent efforts at weeding last summer. With some extra attention this weekend, in just a few years I bet sweet clover at this site will be a distant memory! Join us this Saturday from 10am-noon. Be prepared for hot weather with sun protection and plenty of water.

Rainbow Beach is located at 3111 E. 77th St. By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St. By car, enter from 79th St., go past the water filtration plant, and park in the first parking lot. Please meet at the entrance to the nature area, which is located at the southern end of the beach. Tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. Contact Alison Anastasio at alison.anastasio@gmail.com for questions and to RSVP.

*Mark your calendar*
Saturday August 25 – Stewardship workday
Saturday September 22 – Stewardship workday
Saturday October 27 – Stewardship workday

June 23: Summer blooms and invasive species

21 Jun

Summer is in full swing and our favorite showy plants are blooming! Weeds are ever-present though, so we will focus again on decreasing the size of the cheatgrass population. Join us this Saturday from 10am-noon. Be prepared for hot weather with sun protection and plenty of water.

Rainbow Beach is located at 3111 E. 77th St. By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St. By car, enter from 79th St., go past the water filtration plant, and park in the first parking lot. Please meet at the entrance to the nature area, which is located at the southern end of the beach. Tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. Contact Alison Anastasio at alison.anastasio@gmail.com for questions and to RSVP.

*Mark your calendar*
Saturday July 14 – Calumet Outdoor Series – Introduction to Rainbow Beach Dunes
Saturday July 28 – Stewardship workday
Saturday August 25 – Stewardship workday

Saturday May 26: Invasive species management

22 May

This month we will focus on decreasing the size of the cheatgrass and sweetclover populations on the dunes. They are pernicious, but with the help of volunteers, these species can pulled by hand, avoiding the need for herbicides. Join us this Saturday from 10am-noon. Also, be sure to check out the website to see photos from recent workdays and events at the nature area!

Rainbow Beach is located at 3111 E. 77th St. By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St. By car, enter from 79th St., go past the water filtration plant, and park in the first parking lot. Please meet at the entrance to the nature area, which is located at the southern end of the beach. Tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. Contact Alison Anastasio at alison.anastasio@gmail.com for questions and to RSVP.

*Mark your calendar*
Saturday June 23 – Stewardship workday
Saturday July 14 – Calumet Outdoor Series
Saturday July 28 – Stewardship workday

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