April Tree of the Month 2024

NLI’s Legacy Tree Program announces the April Tree of the Month is the Bebb Willow (Salix bebbiana), Height: 27 feet 3-inches, Crown Spread: 20 feet 9.5 inches, Circumference: 32-inches. This legacy tree may not be large, but it sure is for its kind! Bebb Willow is a...

Going a Little Overboard

A Conservation@Home Story By Mark Luthin, NLI Trustee and Vice President It was a cold, damp April day with rain showers and snow in the forecast. As Catie Vernon started showing off her native plant beds, her enthusiasm helped warm things up. Having just bought their...

Native Milkweeds of Winnebago County and Northern Illinois

The Dozen Native Milkweeds of Winnebago County and Northern Illinois With notes from the original Flora of Winnebago County, Illinois by Egbert Fell (in quotations). Gardening notes by Alan Branhagen: plant the appropriate species to your garden or landscape. We...

Monarchs Need Your Help!

What? Why? According to Monarch Watch the 2023-2024 overwintering eastern Monarch butterfly population was down 59.3% from the previous year and is the second lowest population ever recorded. Monarchs face many threats. In addition to their own natural predators there...

March Tree of the Month 2024

NLI’s Legacy Tree Program announces the featured tree of the month for March is a Black Maple (Acer nigrum) growing on the public right-of-way along Moody Road west of Rockton, which measures as the new State Champion! Height: 73 feet, Crown Spread: 78 ft-3 inches,...

The 2024 George and Barbara Fell Award Recipient

Natural Land Institute is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2024 George and Barbara Fell Award is Dan Kane. Kane recently retired after serving 23 years as Executive Director of the Boone County Conservation District (BCCD). As a geologist, Dan began his...
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