Conservation Leadership Project Stream Monitoring

BHS Stream Monitor1 Sept2015On Tuesday, September 22 Barrington Area Conservation Trust ‘s Conservation Leadership Project Coordinator, Susan Lenz, led approximately 220 Barrington High School students on a quest in Flint Creek.  The objective?  To input their real world data into a stream monitoring program that will make comparisons between sites from season to season and year to year.

These students from five Barrington High School AP and Honors Environmental Science classes visited one of five sites on a portion of Flint Creek located on the BHS campus.  They performed physical, chemical, and biological tests.  The students will revisit the same site several times throughout the school year and monitor their observations.      BHS Stream Monitor8 Sept2015

BHS teachers from these classes commented that for some of the students this was the first time they had been in a river.  The students reactions were surprise at the variety of living organisms in the river.  The Science Department Chair, Julie Baylor, stated that “everyone is really happy and excited for the next monitoring experience”.

Watch for updated information on the Conservation Leadership Project Stream Monitoring.

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Be a part of #GivingTuesday

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Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation.  It is a movement that was created as a national day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

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Fox River Grove District 3 receives Conservation@ School Certification

FRG C@School ErikEricBethBrandonWhen students at two schools in Fox River Grove District 3 came back to school this fall, they were greeted with a beautiful natural landscape that now supports native plants, wildlife, and sustainable habitats.

Both Fox River Grove Middle School and Algonquin Road Elementary School were recently awarded Conservation@School certification by the Barrington Area Conservation Trust for their work with Ringers Landscaping to transform the schools’ outdoor areas into extensions of the classroom that provide educational opportunities about our environment and the world in which we live.

 

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Introducing our Conservation Leadership Project

IMG_2050BACT’s new Conservation Leadership Project is a cooperative community effort that provides classroom programming, hands-on  fieldwork, career exploration, internship opportunities, and extracurricular activities for Barrington High School students interested in conservation.

The BHS Department of Science and Engineering is working closely with BACT to develop a curriculum to promote science literacy though hands-on research.  Students will perform field tests on an area stream at 4-5 different locations and repeat the tests throughout the year, then compile data to assess the quality of the stream.

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2015 Annual Concert for Conservation

Swinging Sixties  Bact’s 2015 Annual Concert for Conservation.

VolunteersOur annual Concert for Conservation being held today Saturday, August 29th will still take place!  Gates will open at 3 p.m. and the band begins at 4 p.m.

We are watching the radar closely and will post any further updates as necessary.

Velocity, a 7-piece band sponsored by Northern Trust, will bring a dynamic and high energy performance to our outdoor concert.  This year’s Swinging Sixties theme will bring us back to the lazy summer days of the groovy 1960’s where free spirits let the grass tickle their toes and the sun kiss their shoulders.  Bring your picnic including favorite foods, cocktails, soft drinks and water along with your blankets, lawn chairs and Ravinia tables and share this afternoon with loved ones at our unique outdoor concert fundraiser.

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Native Plants Available Through Fall

Purchase your native plants through Barrington Area Conservation Trust this year!  Your purchase supports environmentally friendly practices in your yard and supports the work of BACT.  Members receive a 20% discount.

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Not a member?  Click here to become a member today!

 

Contact us for a Conservation@ Home visit and receive helpful information on creating and maintaining conservation focused practices in your yard such as solutions that inhibit storm water run off and shoreline plants that help filter water as it runs into a lake or stream.

Horizon Farms Update

Released today by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County is the following update on Horizon Farms.Horizon farms sign

 June 2015: A major portion of Horizon Farm is now open to the public for hiking, biking and riding on both paved and mowed trails. Parking for vehicles and horse trailers is available through the entrance on the west side of the site off Old Sutton Road. The public may also ride or walk in on the bridle trail on the east side of the site off of Trader’s Estate road. Trails at Horizon Farm connect to trails in the Spring Creek Preserve west of Old Sutton Road. Most of the southern portion of the site remains closed to the public while the Forest Preserves continues to assess the condition of buildings and explore potential uses of the property.  Click here to visit the site map.  

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Flint Creek River Monitoring at Pederson Preserve

DSCN0423On July 9th, a group of Barrington High School students assisted Barrington Area Conservation Trust as part of the Riverwatch Monitoring Program within the BACT/BHS Conservation Leadership Project. A monitoring site was selected on Flint Creek at Pederson Preserve. Students recorded the stream’s physical characteristics and collected biological macro invertebrate samples (small stream organisms) which are bio-indicators of water quality.

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Volunteer Work Day

Celebrate the end of school while earning service hours and de-stressing with your friends!

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WHAT: Buckthorn Blowout Volunteer Work Day
WHERE: BACT’s Far Field Preserve at the corner of Lake Cook & Old Sutton Road (parking available along the north side of Lake Cook Road)
WHO: You and your friends
WHEN: Thursday, June 11 9:30 am – 12 pm
WHY: To get rid of invasive buckthorn trees promoting the recovery of the Far Field to its former oak savanna state.
WHAT TO BRING/HOW TO DRESS: Wear long pants, long sleeves (over a t-shirt), hiking boots or study shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle.

No experience necessary — we will provide training.

Click on the Volunteer tab above to fill out a liability waiver and photo release.  Questions or problems finding us, please call April at (847) 289-9760.

International coyote expert shares fascinating findings

The impact of coyotes on an urban landscape, and the implications for people, pets, and other wildlife was discussed during a fascinating presentation led by international coyote expert Dr. Stanley D. Gehrt on Thusday, May 14.

Guests were able to enjoy the ambience of the upstairs room at McGonigal’s Pub while Dr. Gehrt shared information compiled from years of research as Principal Investigator of the Cook County Coyote Project since 2000.  As Chair of Research at Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation and Associate Professor & Wildlife Extension Specialist at the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University, Dr. Gehrt has an arsenal of engaging facts and touching personal stories of these members of the Canidae family.  Dr. Gehrt refers to coyotes affectionately as Ghost Dogs because although we see some of them trot across our yards, the majority (approximately 95%) are not usually seen during the day by humans.

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Guided walk at Bluff Spring Fen

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On Saturday, May 2 several BACT staff, members and guests met for a delightful spring hike with Steven Byers, field representative at the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, who has been doing restoration work there since 1980.  Steve imparted some of  his vast knowledge to highlight the wonders of Bluff Spring Fen, a rare wetland ecosystem.

 

 

 

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Join us for Arbor Day (April 23)

Arbor Day – Thursday, April 23 , 7:00 pm

AnnamarietreeOn Thursday, April 23rd — Arbor Day — join BACT and the Barrington Area Library at the library meeting room on the main floor at 7pm.  BACT Conservation@ Home coordinator Beth Adler and ISA-certified arborist Charlie Keppel will present information about native trees, ways to landscape with native plants, and the reasons this is so important to our community. BACT will be giving oak tree saplings to participants. Naturalist Anderson will present Great Oaks of Barrington awards, too! Visit www.barringtonarealibrary.org to reserve your spot.