Welcome to our community of inspiring souls who live and breathe nature in the greater Chicago region called the Chicago Wilderness!
Wasn’t the 2015 Wild Things Conference terrific? (Read about it and some of the other the past Wild Things conferences.) The volunteers who brought you the 2015 conference, plus new volunteers are creating this community website and blog to keep you abreast on the latest happenings—we invite you to join the conversation.
Readers of our blog will find feature articles on a wide range of topics:
- Arthropods, Birds, Fish, Herps, Mammals, Reptiles, Plants
- Dunes, Lakes/Ponds, Prairies, Rivers/Streams, Savannas, Wetlands, Woodlands
- Backyards/Gardens, Neighborhoods, Urban Environment
- Advocacy, Citizen Science, Monitoring, Restoration, Stewardship, Volunteering
- Climate Change, Conservation, Ecology, Invasive Species, Native Species, Rare Species, Research, Rewilding, Sustainability
- Arts, Culture, Heritage, Tools for Educators, Youth
Individuals really can make a difference, as the 2015 conference presentation “Wild Things – People make the difference” 17mb, prepared by Pat Hayes and Karen Tharp beautifully illustrates.
Through citizen science, volunteers monitor wildlife such as birds, frogs and plants, working with best practices developed and supported by professionals from a wide range of institutions.
Similarly, volunteers also work to restore wildlands habitat in conjunction with organized volunteer groups and agencies. Please join and support them.
To also help you on your way, we have a long list of conservation-minded resources.
And, oh, the 2017 Wild Things Conference is already on our minds!