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Since 1993, I've been celebrating Chicago's natural wonders through my photographs and, most recently, my words. Over that time, I created a database of the region's most wondrous wildflower blooms. Now, I'm freely sharing this one-of-a-kind proprietary knowledge in an effort to spark awareness and stewardship of our fragile nature preserves. Here at Theodore Stone Preserve in Hodgins, hidden between big-box stores and the Stevenson Expressway, I'm setting up a composition to show you the late-summer display of rough blazing star. Please help us continue to our efforts by donating now!

Since 1993, I’ve been celebrating Chicago’s natural wonders through my photographs and, most recently, my words. Over that time, I created a database of the region’s most wondrous wildflower blooms. Now, I’m freely sharing this one-of-a-kind proprietary knowledge in an effort to spark awareness and stewardship of our fragile nature preserves. Here at Theodore Stone Preserve in Hodgins, hidden between big-box stores and the Stevenson Expressway, I’m setting up a composition to show you the late-summer display of rough blazing star. Please help us continue to our efforts by donating now!
Photo by David Jagodzinski.

Thank you for considering a donation to support the ChicagoNatureNOW! Volunteer Group!

ChicagoNatureNOW! is more than a blog:

  • We offer one-of-a-kind news and information that cannot be found anywhere else.
  • We have hard-working people on the ground who, over a six-month period, scour the 2,500-mile Chicago region to find spectacular wildflower blooms.

For more than twenty-five years, I have been celebrating the Chicago’s natural wonders through my photography. During that time, I’ve discovered the region’s most kaleidoscopic wildflower blooms and compiled a database of these breathtaking moments. Starting in 2016, after my book about Chicago nature was published, I created this website to freely share this hard-earned, proprietary knowledge with you. Guided by this unique dataset of phenological information, each week, I and my dedicated team of volunteer nature scouts bring these same heart-stopping experiences to you and millions of nature-starved Chicagoans.

Our goal is to expand efforts to restore and protect our many preserves that need saving from the attack of invasive species. And to do this, we need your financial support to help us bring awareness of our region’s world-class beauty and biodiversity.

Your contribution will help fund our operation, which includes the following costs:

  1. Recoup cost of initial website creation and improvements (approx. $6,500 since inception)
  2. Recoup and continue to pay for website hosting ($10/month since April, 2016)
  3. Recoup cost of promotional materials like postcards, banners, and exhibit fees (approx. $880 to date)
  4. Regular website maintenance, updates, and improvements ($35/month)
  5. Mike’s time (20 hours/week during the six-month growing season plus 5 hours/week for the rest of the year) to keep things running, including assembling the scouting data for the weekly alert, composing each alert, scouting thousands of miles for scouting, photography and usage, maintaining the website, managing the scouts, and tirelessly promoting the cause.



Thanks you so very much for your support!

See you amongst the blooms!
Mike