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Native Tree & Shrub Sale is For the Birds, Not Cats

Native Tree & Shrub Sale is For the Birds, Not Cats

We are blessed with an abundance of mature trees on the Greater West Side of Chicago. And that means birds are flying above us all the time.  What makes them want to stop and linger in a particular garden? Jim Gill and Elaine Petkovsek are making that discovery. For the past year, they have been working on creating a “bird garden” in their backyard. They are putting the finishing touches on a project that’s taken some muscle, a little research… and becoming a bit of a bird-brain.

Help Build a Better World for Birds!

Help Build a Better World for Birds!

2018 is the Year of the Bird, designated by the National Audubon Society, National Geographic, and other bird-loving organizations. They are inviting bird-lovers to “help build a better world for birds by taking a simple but meaningful action each month.”

Native Trees and Shrubs are Ecological Powerhouses

Native Trees and Shrubs are Ecological Powerhouses

Trees and shrubs provide butterflies, moths, birds, and bees many different resources. Planting trees and shrubs is also a great way to help out the environment, since they produce oxygen, sequester carbon, clean the air and water, and provide numerous other benefits. You can even forest bathe right in your own yard!

Why Choose Native Trees & Shrubs for Your Yard?

Why Choose Native Trees & Shrubs for Your Yard?

Over the past week, I have been watching a pair of Downy Woodpeckers take care of their young. They are incredibly dedicated. They are up early in the morning flying back and forth to bring food to their babies, who never stop peeping, and they are still at it in the evening. They also have to worry about a squirrel that seems interested in their nest, and they expend a lot of energy protecting their babies from this marauder.