Citizens For Conservation News and Upcoming Native Plant Sale for Fall 3


Annual Nesting Bird Count at Bakers Lake Rookery

On the morning of June 9, 2015, Jim Bodkin and George Pierce of Citizens for Conservation with Robert Sliwinski, the original engineer of the rookery structure, paddled to the Bakers Lake Rookery in Barrington to complete the annual nesting bird count. Final conclusions are pending, but data shows that they found nests of three Black Crowned Night Herons, two Great Blue Herons and many Great White Egrets and cormorants. The nest count was down from that in 2014. The count is scheduled for the optimum time of year, before the fledglings leave the nest. The Great Blue Heron fledglings were almost ready to fly.

CFC continues to coordinate and facilitate the bird count as well as the delivery of recycled Christmas trees for strategic nesting placement on the island in the winter. Many of the nesting frames, built many years ago, are in need of repair.

Put shade in your future – CFC Fall Native Tree Sale

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. —Warren Buffet

With the coming of summer heat, we can all appreciate the shade that trees and shrubs provide. Besides cooling the air, trees and shrubs reduce noise, absorb storm water, clean air pollution, and block winter winds. Native trees and shrubs provide the best choices of woody plants because they provide those benefits and more:

  • Natives can survive our extreme temperatures;
  • Natives need watering only the first year or two to get established;
  • Natives do not need fertilizer or insecticide;
  • Natives provide habitat for the insects that feed birds, nestlings and amphibians.

Check your yard to see if you have a place for a native tree or shrub to support bird populations and the native insects on which they rely. If you want more information about the natives for sale this fall, join us for:

“Native Trees and Shrubs” a discussion presented by Meredith Tucker and Annamarie Lukes on Wednesday, August 12, at 7 p.m. at Barrington Village Hall. RSVP to CFC at 847.382.SAVE. All plants discussed available for purchase online at Our Annual Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale, sells by PREORDER ONLY. Find the order form at, or we can mail one to you if you call 847.382.SAVE. We will accept orders from August 1 through September 1. Plan to pick-up your trees on September 19 between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at CFC headquarters, the white farm house and silo at 459 W. Highway 22, Lake Barrington, Il.

CFC Presents Habitat Lesson for Montessori School

This summer, the children of Montessori Children’s House of North Barrington explored some habitats of Illinois with the help of Citizens for Conservation. Together with four summer interns, Youth Education leader, Gail Vanderpoel, presented information on habitats at four stations around the school’s play yard. The children learned examples of animals and plants found in wetlands, prairies, woodlands, and underground. They answered riddles, splashed in water, used binoculars and bug viewers, dressed up like prairie plants and butterflies, and dug in the dirt to find underground creatures. Closing activities included making a mini-habitat terrarium, playing a habitat matching game, and singing “Old McDonald Had a Habitat.”

Citizens for Conservation presents lessons and programs for Montessori Children’s House of North Barrington at various times throughout the year. The children spend a lot of time outdoors and the school has numerous awards and nature classroom designations for their encouragement of nature-based learning.