Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Here are some eco-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day any day!
Earth Day is on Monday, April 22. Founded in 1970 in the U.S. as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday. More than one billion people in 192 countries will observe the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, according to the Earth Day Network. Although Earth Day is a great reminder to be environmentally conscious, there are plenty of simple ways you can celebrate the earth all year long. Here are just 10 ways you can be eco-friendly long after Earth Day is over: 1. Plant a tree. Planting a tree is perhaps the most common Earth Day activity, but you can plant a tree any day of the year. Trees produce oxygen and help reduce air pollution. A single tree can absorb 10 pounds of air pollutants a …
Friday, February 1, 2013
With the recent cold snap, the prospect of Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more weeks of winter is especially daunting. Check out Morton Arboretum for local Groundhog Day events.
Groundhog Day is on Saturday, Feb. 2, and the recent Arctic temperatures are giving the day a bit more resonance than usual. According to the myth, if a groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter; if he does not, spring is right around the corner. Last year, Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter while Staten Island Chuck called for an early spring. Groundhog Day originated from the Germans, Scots and early Christian Europeans. It is celebrated every year on Feb. 2. On this day, a groundhog comes out of its burrow and checks for his shadow to determine how soon spring will arrive. Groundhog Day as we know it in the U.S. started because the Pennsylvania Dutch farmers wanted to know if …
Monday, January 30, 2012
Husky dogs return to the Morton Arboretum for the sixth year
The Morton Arboretum was the place to be on Saturday if you were interested in seeing some amazing feats of endurance. Volunteers from Adopt a Husky were on hand with many friendly Sieberian huskies in an annual event to showcase the dog's personality and athletic performance. With a fresh coat of snow Friday night, the Siberian husky dog sled demonstrations went off without a hitch. Sleds were pulled by a single husky, or as many as five. Huskies pulled a cross country skier, sleds and even a wheeled sled. Enjoy the pictures from the day!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
A type of wasp has been found to be effective as an early warning device for Emerald Ash Borer infestation.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
The partnership of the Morton Arboretum and Illinois Parks and Recreation Association has discovered a new predator in the fight to stop the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Researchers confirmed that Cerceris fumipennis (Cerceris), a native wasp that preys on EAB, was found at Emerson Park in suburban Skokie. Now, researchers hope that the wasp will serve as a sort of “canary in the coal mine,” or an early warning system for EAB infestation, in areas where EAB has not yet been found, said Dr. Frederic Miller, research associate at the arboretum. “By the time humans are able to detect EAB visually, the infestation is usually well-established. We hope this wasp will serve as an effective monitoring tool, giving us an earlier read as EAB makes its …