GO LIVE! at CFC's Flint Creek Savanna

GO LIVE! date is May 11, 2014, for the Interactive Feature at Citizens for Conservations's Flint Creek Savanna. The Flint Creek Savanna trails will be open to the public that afternoon May 11th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Mother's Day might be a great family outing time to come take a walk and see the flowers blooming for the occasion!).

Six plaques will be posted along the trail with QR Codes that can access videos of CFC Restoration Experts telling about the Founder Waid Vanderpoel, Native Seed Gardens, the plants and animals of the prairie, the birds of the savanna, and the award-winning restoration efforts.

The preserve, at CFC's headqueaters at 459 West Hwy 22 in Lake Barrington, is usually open only to CFC members and escorted guests.  However, on the first Sunday afternoon of each month from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. June through October, the prairie will be open free to the public with a CFC member guide and educator. Lemonade and education will be provided.




Citizens for Conservation Gives Mighty Oak Awards

At its recent annual meeting, Citizens for Conservation bestowed Mighty Oak Awards on twenty-five non-board members who volunteered fifty hours or more during the last year.  Many of these individuals have received the award year after year for service to CFC; others are newcomers to the ranks of these exceptional volunteers.  Work is done year round in all aspects of CFC's work in the community, making possible the organization's 43 years of accomplishing its mission of Saving Living Space for Living Things.

  • Bonnie Albrecht
  • Jim Bodkin
  • Donna Bolzman
  • Dianna Collier
  • Doe Crosh
  • Demmy Giannis
  • Katherine Grover
  • Ryan Guilfoil
  • Carol Hogan
  • Bryan Hughes
  • Steve Knutson
  • Ted Krasnesky
  • Annamarie Lukes
  • Julia Martinez
  • Rob Neff
  • Bob Oliver
  • Wendy Paulson
  • Gail Rudisill
  • Wayne Schild
  • Cliff Schulte
  • Mary Stubbs
  • Ralph Tarquino
  • Gail Vanderpoel
  • Ann Warren
  • Melissa Washow





Collaboration Refurbishes Baker's Lake Rookery

Under the direction of engineering consultant Robert Sliwinski, who designed the Baker's Lake Rookery, Citizens for Conservation volunteers Karl Humbert, Steve Halm, Andrew Novak, John Schweizer and Helen Sheyka recently braved the chill on wind-whipped Baker's Lake Island, freshening the nesting sites with last month's Christmas trees from the Village of Barrington.  Village public works personnel delivered the trees to the Hillside Avenue parking area. Cook County Forest Preserve personnel lashed the trees together and drove them out on thick ice to the island, where the volunteers trimmed and installed them vertically or laid them about.

According to Jeff Rapp, Director of Crabtree Nature Center who led the Forest Preserve personnel, from 80 to 100 trees were taken out to the island to provide fresh nesting supports and sites.


A Restoration Record

Photo by Donna Bolzman

CFC's restoration campaign in 2013 broke our 28 year record for both total hours and number of volunteers. During the 101 workdays, 306 individuals came, producing 3,601 hours of restoration work.

This is very gratifying, and we thank everybody and salute the volunteer spriti. There are not many places on the earth that this happens and we can all be very proud.


The Season of Giving

The Season of Giving: 

Programs like the Habitat Corridor initiative wouldn't be possible without your help.  If you've sent a gift to our annual appeal, Thank you! Your support of CFC helps protect, preserve and restore natural areas in our community.

If you haven't had a chance to respond to our appeal letter yet, you still have time to make a gift before the end of the year.  With your generosity, we can continue to protect natural areas and educate the community about the importance of preserving these areas.

Make your gift today! (You can also donate online.) If you have an IRA, you also have anoher option for giving. The provision covering IRA charitable contributions has been extended through the end of the year. If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can give eligible charities up to $100,000 a year from an individual retirement account without having to include any of the transfer as part of your gross income; transfers count toward your required minimum distribution for the year. The transfer must be made directly from the IRA to CFC.

If you need any additional information, plese call us at 847-382-SAVE (7283).