Urban Wildlife (part two)

Last post I introduced the theme of what will be a series exploring urban wildlife. While “urban wildlife” may seem like a contradictory phrase, human behaviors attract flora and fauna, intentionally and unintentionally, to our cities. When we invite more open and green spaces into our concrete jungle, more species can thrive alongside us, and… Continue reading Urban Wildlife (part two)

Urban Wildlife (part one)

My most recent reading - related to the environment - led me to three books examining wildlife, both the exotic and the ubiquitous, in the urban landscape. As always, I’m interested in comparing perspectives from my native California and my current home of Chicago. What I found most interesting about these books was that they… Continue reading Urban Wildlife (part one)

Touring the Chicago River Watershed

April 1st I began a new career as Policy Specialist with Friends of the Chicago River, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of the Chicago River for people and wildlife. Policy research doesn't require much work in the field, so I jumped at the opportunity to tag along with our Conservation Programs Specialist Maggie… Continue reading Touring the Chicago River Watershed

More on the World of Recycling

During the month of January, I learned a lot about recycling in Chicago. I first learned about recycling Christmas trees, the theme of my January Post. Then I attended an Environmental Chicago Industry event where the theme was… recycling! Two individuals who work for Independent Recycling Services, a privately-owned waste and recycling company, came to… Continue reading More on the World of Recycling

Chicago Turns Christmas Trees into Mulch

While visiting California for the holidays, I noticed some eager folks kicking their tree to the burb December 26th. In the Sacramento neighborhood that my mom and step dad have lived in for the past few years, I’ve always known you can leave your Christmas tree (I absolutely want to be culturally sensitive, but do… Continue reading Chicago Turns Christmas Trees into Mulch