Plan your (native) garden


Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 – 8:30 pmIMG_3973

Wondering what you can plant in wet, dry, sunny, or shady parts of  the yard that will provide habitat for birds and butterflies while enhancing the beauty of your home landscape? Join Conservation@Home coordinator Beth Adler and landscaping experts from Ringers Landscaping to get a jump on planning improvements and creating new sustainable beds in your yard. This informative program will be held in the Zimmerman Room at Barrington Area Library. Reservations are not required, but strongly recommended.


Welcome spring with a Conservation@Home visit


Let us help you find the right plants for your yard

sidebar-native-plantsLet’s face it, the snow isn’t going to be around forever and you’re going to have to deal with the spot where nothing seems to grow because it’s too shady, too sunny, or too wet.

Why keep struggling with turf or annuals when you can find native perennials that can blanket that “trouble spot” with beauty season after season, year after year?

Native plants are sustainable plants adapted to the local climate, which provide year round interest and color, and habitat for wildlife, while providing practical assistance with backyard stormwater management.

A Conservation@Home visit allows you to ask questions and get answers to native landscape questions that pertain to your specific needs. A free service to all BACT members, and $25 for non-members, a Conservation@Home visit provides practical solutions to your home landscape conundrums from experienced professional naturalists.

Schedule your visit today by calling Beth Adler at (847) 387-3149.


BHS students & BACT help natural area


Guys with sedge trayOn February 20, seventy-five Barrington High School horticulture students planted over 270 native sedge plugs with horticulture instructor John Ardente, Barrington Area Conservation executive director Lisa Woolford, and naturalist April Anderson.

After attending an “Understanding Habitat Restoration” presentation delivered by Anderson a few days prior to the planting day, the students gained valuable hands-on experience working with native plants donated by Pizzo Native Plant Nursery.

Once the hand-sized plugs reach gallon-size, the students together with other volunteers like you, will plant them on Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) from 2:15 – 4:30 pm at Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s Pederson Preserve.

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Volunteer with native landscape restoration


AG7A2362Sunday, March 29 — 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Meet at the BACT office, 210 W. Main Street, Barrington.

Bring your family, bring your friends, and have fun making a difference! Reservations are recommended, but not required. Please call April at (847) 387-3149.


Coyote expert Dr. Stan Gehrt is coming to BACT this spring


stan-gehrt-winterWhat is the impact of coyotes on an urban landscape, and the implications for people, pets, and other wildlife? Find out during an informative presentation led by coyote expert Dr. Stan Gehrt.

For the past 15 years, Dr. Gehrt has been researching coyote behavior in urban Chicago in response to growing concerns from Cook County Animal Control regarding increased coyote sightings in the 1990’s. Since the beginning of the study, researchers have caught and tagged nearly 700 coyotes to observe their behavior in the urban landscape.

While most coyotes don’t pose a threat to humans, this research has provided important insights into peaceful coexistence with a fellow mammal that has adapted to the city life. To learn more of Gehrt’s research, plan to attend his Myths & Truths of Chicago Coyotes presentation on May 14th @ 7 pm .  Upstairs Room at McGonigals Pub, 105 S. Main Street, Barrington. Advanced purchase tickets required.
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