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Giving Thanks for Our Wonderful Scouts!


At Spears Woods, a patina of frost covered the woodland floor, decorating this oak leaf with an unbroken strand of silver garlend.*

The miracles of nature are all around us. And ChicagoNatureNOW! brings them to you every week from April through October. Please help keep it going by becoming a scout or by donating here.

We have successfully completed the second year of ChicagoNatureNOW!—”we” being the consequential word.

Last year, the first year, I was the lone scout. I’d wandered the trails and wondered how many more seasons I could keep doing this without manpower and funding. Funding remains a major concern (donate now). But, this year, help came in the form of a handful of generous Nature Scouts, who volunteered hundreds of hours and thousands of miles in travel to share the soul-stirring wonder of Chicago nature with you and the world. I am so grateful. And, we hope you are grateful, as well.

At this time of giving thanks, I’d like to express my gratitude to the following scouts for their participation:

Carolyn Byerly Dean – Social Media Assistance, Species Identification & Knowledge
Eriko Kojima – Species Identification & Knowledge
Mary Anicich – Species Identification & Knowledge
Karin Pawlak-Grunow –  Species Identification & Knowledge, Scouting
Laurel Salvador – Future scout who just signed up for 2018!
Kathy Deets – Scouting
Zeke Wei – Scouting
Charlie Yang – Scouting

I would, especially, like to extend my deepest appreciation to three members of the team for their consistent dedication and passion: Zeke Wei (our first Nature Scout), Charlie Yang, and Kathy Deets. Each week, they drove around to the various preserve, hiked them, identified plants, and gathered data for the weekly alerts. Just months ago, they were newbies to nature. Now, they’ve learned and grown so much, and on their way to becoming knowledgeable ambassadors of Chicago nature. Thanks to their generosity, I am more optimistic about the future of this effort. Zeke, Charlie, and Kathy, I cannot thank you enough!

Moving forward, the goal is to increase the number of on-the-ground scouts to twenty. Consider being part of our fun and enthusiastic team, which culminates in an end-of-year party!

Regarding the funding, ChicagoNatureNOW! currently has 414 subscribers plus many other website visitors who don’t subscribe. Unfortunately, our income is well out of step with the number of followers, having only raised $250 in two years. So, if you’ve read this far into the post, you’re probably a regular user. To allow us to continue, please show your thanks for our wonderful scouts and the work that we do by donating here. For me, ChicagoNatureNOW! is a labor of love, but it is also quite laborious—consuming forty percent of my week. Every week from April through October, we connect the community with national-park quality beauty. Help us continue the mission.

Thanks to all!


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