• Wild Ones    Even if you cannot  make it to meetings, you can still interact with fellow Wild Ones  members through our chapter Facebook.  See our Pinterest link in the lower right corner also.
  • Conservation @ Home:       The Conservation Foundation has launched a new initiative      that encourages and recognizes property owners that protect and      create yards that are environmentally friendly and conserve water. This      includes planting native vegetation, such as prairie and woodland      wildflowers, trees and shrubs, create butterfly and rain gardens, and      remove exotic species of plants.
  • Native Gardening      (Yahoo group):  This is an online discussion group that      is open to the public. It is described as a forum to exchange ideas      and information about native plants and landscapes. Topics range      from discussing how to use native plants in our own backyard, to how      we can protect the environment and conserve natural wildlife habitats      throughout the world.
  • US EPA –      Green Landscaping:The Great Lakes National Program Office      maintains this site to enhance public access to information on      landscaping with native plants.
  •       Gateway to Federal efforts concerning invasive species. On this site      you can learn  about the impacts of invasive species and the      Federal government’s response, as well as read select species      profiles and find links to agencies and organizations dealing with      invasive species issues.
  • Illinois Department of Natural      Resources:  This site is not dedicated to native plants but      can provide local information if you are patient.
  • Chicago Wilderness:       Chicago Wilderness is a regional nature reserve that includes more      than 225,000  acres of protected natural areas. It stretches      from southeastern Wisconsin, through northeastern Illinois and into      northwestern Indiana.  This site has some things of regional      interest.
  • Rain Garden Network:       Rain Garden Network works with homeowners and other property owners      to help them do what they can to protect the water quality of our      lakes, rivers and streams from pollution and the damage done by      stormwater runoff. Check out this site to learn more about rain      gardens.
  • List      of Illinois Native Plants  A list of plants that are      native to Illinois.  Good for all you newbies when planning your      garden, courtesy of the people behind this website.


Plant Identification

  • USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service:       Home of the PLANTS Database, which provides standardized information      about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens      of the U.S. It includes names, plant symbols, distributional data,      species abstracts, characteristics, images, plant links, references and      crop information.
  • USDA Forest Service – Northeast      Research Station:  This site contains a wide variety of      information. The most useful is the ability to search the Illinois      Plant Identification Network (ILPIN).
  • Illinois Wildflowers:       This site, maintained by John Hilty, has descriptions, photographs,      and range maps of many wildflowers in Illinois. These consist      primarily of herbaceous flowering plants and a few small shrubs,      whether native to Illinois or introduced from somewhere else.
  • Prairie Restoration, Digital Aid      Featuring Seeds, Seedlings, and Fruits:  This site aids in      the identification of prairie plant species in the early  stages.       It provides digital images of seeds, seedlings, and fruits      for selected tallgrass prairie species.
  • Offwell Woodland      & Wildlife Trust – Grass Identification Guide (UK):  A guide      to identifying grasses by Jean Turner. This is part of a British wildlife,      conservation & environmental education site. While it doesn’t cover      grasses native to the U.S., it is a good way to learn about grasses.
  • Dendrology at      Virginia Tech:  This is the site to find tree identification fact      sheets on approximately 800 species of trees, as well as lots of other      tree information.
  • Top      U.S. Invasives:  A good list of plants considered invasive      in the U.S. There are many pictures and detailed descriptions.
  • Weeds Gone Wild:       Provides information on the serious threat and impacts of invasive      alien plants to the native flora, fauna, and natural ecosystems of      the United States.
  • Midwestern Turfgrass      Weed Identification and Control:  This site is a perfect example      of how ignorant people can be about native plants, calling them weeds and      giving tips on how to destroy them. On the positive side, they have      good descriptions and pictures of plants which are often native, so      take what you can from this site.
  • Garden Web – Name      That Plant!:  This is a public forum where gardening      enthusiasts gather. If you post a picture of an unidentified plant,      someone may be able to help you. Your mileage may vary.

Recommended Books

  • Noah’s Garden:       A former old-style suburban gardener, Sara Stein writes convincingly      of the ecological history of suburbia and the necessity of good      stewardship of the land stolen from prairies and forests to make      our back yards.
  • Common      Weeds of the United States:  Covers 220 weeds with illustrations,      maps, botanical information and plant lore for each.
  • Weeds of      the Northeast:  A practical illustrated guide for identification      of 299 common and economically important “weeds”.  This book      has good pictures and vegetative descriptions.  Just remember      that many native plants are unfairly classified as weeds by books      like this.
  • Peterson Field      Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North-Central North America:       Grouped by color and by plant characteristics, 1,293 species in 84      families are described and illustrated. Included here are many of the      flowers you’re likely to encounter in the eastern and north-central U.S.
  • Field Guide      to the Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes of the Northern United States:       With quantitative descriptions and 500 drawings, this little book      will help you to differentiate over 370 of the most common species of      grasses and sedges. This book is not heavy on details, but it is a      good peek into the world of grasses.
  • The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook: For Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands:  This ”how-to” restoration manual provides a detailed account of what has been learned about the art and science of prairie and savanna restoration and the application of that knowledge to restoration projects.