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Conservation and restoration

Bumps in the Night

Take a closer look at the natural history of some of the local denizens of the night and explore how our daily lives impact theirs at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Tuesdays, April 22-29; 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Introduction to Pesticides

Learn to safely and effectively use pesticides in managing natural areas through hands on training at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, April 22, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Habitats and Humanity-Canceled

Gain a new perspective on our local woodlands, wetlands, and prairies in this field-based ecological monitoring class at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Thursdays, April 24-May 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and 2 Saturdays, April 26-May 3, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Invasive Issues in Trees

What invasive pests affect the many evergreens in our neighborhoods and woodlands? How much of an invasive threat is the Callery pear, one of the most popular flowering trees in city streets and home landscapes? How can we breed attractive and ornamental trees that will be sterile and therefore not invasive? These and other topics will be addressed at the third annual Morton Arboretum Invasive Species Workshop, "Invasive Issues in Trees," May 15, 2014, in Lisle, Illinois. It is part of Illinois' observance of Invasive Species Awareness Month (ISAM). This year's theme for the month is "Invasive Species Affect Everyone."

ISAM Field Tour

Professor Dennis Fulbright will lead a tour on the Arboretum groups continuing the discussion of the workshop topics of the day before. Friday, May 16, 8:00-11:30 a.m.

Engaging the Public

Interpretation has become a powerful tool used by volunteers to engage the community at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 17, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Advanced Invasive Plant Identification

Learn to identify invasive plants when they are first emerging in spring at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Bird Conservation

Investigate how bird populations are naturally affected by habitat, competition, and predation; then apply these principles to understanding conservation threats at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Wednesdays, May 21, June 4 and 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and 3 Saturdays, May 24, June 7 and 21, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

McKinley Woods Bluff Restoration

Explore the timbered bluffs, ravines, and flatwoods in the McKinley Woods preserve and learn about the restoration work being done to increase native habitats for (plants and animals). Sunday, June 15, 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Field Ecology: Summer

Explore the natural world of Illinois in the summer session of Field Ecology at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 18. Two sections.