Herons, Cranes & Egrets/Spring Flowering Bulbs

At long last, after a year of Zoom programs, the Long Grove Park District is once again doing in-person nature & gardening talks at Reed-Turner Nature Center. 

On Monday, August 16th at 1 pm, is an always popular talk on Herons, Cranes and Egrets. Tall, wading birds can be challenging to tell apart from a distance. Discover the different species of herons, cranes and egrets that reside in Lake County in the spring, summer and fall. Learn about the unique adaptations and habitat requirements of these magnificent birds.  This will be presented by the passionate nature experts from the Lake County Forest Preserve staff.

On Wednesday, August 25th at 1 pm, the topic will be Spring Flowering Bulbs.  This presentation focuses on designing, selecting, planting and caring for spring bulbs. Since spring bulbs are planted in early fall, this makes a timely program in late summer. This will be presented by a master gardener with University of Illinois Extension Lake County.

Reed-Turner Woodland and Nature Center is at 3849 Old McHenry Road in Long Grove. The program fee is $5.00. These programs are suggested for ages 18 years old and up. Pre-registration is required. Max # is 20.  To sign up call the Long Grove Park District at 847-438-4743 or email syoung@lgparks.org

Barbara Turner receives Lake County Conservation Award

Liberty Prairie Conservancy recognized our own Barbara Turner with their first Lake County Conservation Award at their annual meeting in May, 2011. Barbara Turner has long been a passionate voice for conservation in Long Grove, her pride and joy is the 36-acre Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve. After taking a class taught by renowned naturalist and writer May T. Watts at the Morton Arboretum in the late 1970’s, Barbara made caring for and protecting this woodland her life’s work. Through Barbara’s persistence, Reed-Turner Woodland became one of the first private properties to be preserved in Illinois by a non-profit conservation group. She has also been a pioneer in woodland restoration and stewardship.”

“What also makes Barbara special is her life-long commitment to mentoring and teaching others,” says Jane Wittig, president of the Long Grove Park District. “She has made many people into land stewards, and I’m honored to be one of them.”\n\nAnother person inspired by Barbara Turner is Steve Byers of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission. Despite being tired after carrying out prescribed burns on 1,200 acres of land earlier that day, Steve rushed to personally congratulate Barbara that evening!