Advocate for Nature:
Nature needs advocates! Thousands of people in the Chicago Wilderness region are helping to protect wildlife and habitat by taking actions large and small:
- They take their family and friends on nature walks.
- They call or write their county commissioners, city council members, and mayors about the importance of healthy ecosystems in their neighborhood preserves.
- They attend restoration work days and nature celebrations, they take pictures, and they send these pictures to a friend who wants to write about it for their homeowners association newsletter.
- They bring children with them into the nature preserves.
There are hundreds of ways to advocate for nature. The following groups can help you channel your energies into existing projects, or help you create your own project.
- Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
- Sierra Club, Indiana Chapter
- Fox River Ecosystem Partnership
- The Conservation Foundation
- Illinois Conservation Foundation
- Wild Ones
- Orland Grassland
- Bartel Grassland
- Spring Creek Preserves
- Friends of the Forest Preserves
- Friends of the Parks
- Local Birding Organizations (The bottom of this web page has a list of local birding organizations. Most have field trips, newsletters, bird counts, programs, and more.)