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‘Monarchs and Meadows’ seminar scheduled Feb. 23

CRYSTAL LAKE – Last summer, did you observe a decline in the number of butterflies in your yard? Do you want to know what you can do to see more of them?

“Monarch Conservation: The Challenges Ahead” will be presented by Orley “Chip” Taylor, founder of the organization Monarch Watch and renowned professor of insect ecology at the University of Kansas, during The Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee’s 21st annual natural landscaping seminar.

The seminar, “Monarchs and Meadows,” will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the McHenry County College Luecht Conference Center, 8900 Route 14.

Also speaking will be Catherine Zimmerman, celebrated author, filmmaker and sustainable landscape designer with her program, “Meadowscaping: A Recipe for Restoring Native Habitat.”

Choosing the best trees and shrubs for one’s yard is made easy by local tree expert Connor Shaw of Possibility Place Nursery, who will present “Savanna Selections: Woody Native Plants in Your Landscape.”

The Friends of Hackmatack also will provide an update of the newly designated Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. The Friends will be the first annual recipient of “The WPPC Local Shooting Stars” grant for their outstanding work to preserve McHenry County’s Natural Wonders.

The cost is $35 in advance or $40 at the door, and includes lunch.  Early bird registrations of $30 must be postmarked by Tuesday. 

For downloadable registration and agenda, visit  For information, call Nancy Gonsiorek at 815-455-9462.


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