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Wild for Monarchs

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The Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a lecture about making your own yard attractive to butterflies, and two days of tours of private yards and public landscapes featuring native wildflowers and other plants that the casual gardener can plant to attract birds and beneficial insects, including Monarch Butterflies.

Saturday, July 26, Michael Jeffords Lecture – 9:00 a.m.
NIU-Rockford, 8500 E. State Street, Rockford, IL
The lecture is free to Wild Ones members; a $5 donation is requested for others.

Jeffords Michael R. Jeffords, Ph.D., a retired entomologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey will speak on Surrounding Yourself with Nature: Strategies for the Home Landscape. His program will be illustrated with beautiful photos of insects and native plants found in natural areas in Illinois and the oyamel fir forests of central Mexico. Dr. Jeffords is co-author with his wife, Susan Post, of a new book, Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie State. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the lecture.

University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalists will recognize Dr. Jeffords as one of the creators of the MN program and contributors to the curriculum.

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You Are Invited to a Free Tour of Natural Yards
Saturday, July 26 – 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 27 – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

See how you can include native plants in your own garden, school or church to attract butterflies and birds. Each yard and public space features activities for families and information about ways you can help to help Monarch butterflies by planting milkweeds and sources of native plants. Each location will have a hands-on activity or display. Free Milkweed Plant For Each Family While Supplies Last.

Download the tour brochure with maps to the nine locations.