Past Speakers

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - Bob Dean


"Flooding in the Region and What You Can Do
  About It”


Bob Dean has really great ideas about urban flooding. “Urban flooding is an increasingly important problem, and affects many residents of Prospect Heights.  Please join us as we welcome Bob Dean for his presentation "Flooding in the Region and What You Can Do About It”.



June 26, 2019 - Bill Kleiman


"Nachusa Grasslands:  30 Years of Protecting and Restoring Habitat"


Please join us as we welcome Bill Kleiman for his presentation "Nachusa Grasslands:  30 Years of Protecting and Restoring Habitat".


Thirty years ago, it was a radical notion to attempt to purchase and restore a semblance of the lost Illinois landscape. Today because of the efforts of people like Bill Kleiman, it has become more commonplace.


Under Kleiman's guidance, Nachusa Grasslands project (located in Franklin Grove, Illinois) has grown to over 4,000 acres and has become  a mecca for science. Today, with staff and a vigorous volunteer cadre, The Nature Conservancy has protected sizable remnant prairie, wetlands and woodlands; weaving them together with over 100 habitat...



April 16th, 2019 - Terry Miesle


"Chasing the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee"


Please join us as we welcome Terry Miesle for his presentation " Chasing the Rust-Patched Bumblebee".


Once very common throughout the Eastern US, the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis) populations have dramatically decreased in the past few decades.  Added to the US Endangered Species List, this bee has become the recipient of substantial attention.  We'll discuss some of the reasons for this decline, how we can help, and how we can report information as Citizen Scientists.




January 24, 2019 - Dan Thompson

Wildlife Ecologist with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County


"On the Brink of Extinction, Efforts to Save the Endangered Blanding’s turtle in DuPage County"


Join us for an evening with Wildlife Ecologist Dan Thompson. His presentation "On the Brink of Extinction, Efforts to Save the Endangered Blanding’s turtle in DuPage County",  takes a look at the his efforts to save this reptile. The Blanding’s turtle is an Illinois state endangered species.  The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County started......




November 29, 2018 - Joel Greenberg

Author and Naturalist.


"Hope is the Thing with Feathers: American and Three Birds"


Join us as we welcome renown  Author and Naturalist, Joel Greenberg. His presentation "Hope is a Thing with Feathers: Americans and Three Birds",  takes a look at three birds, each representing a different outcome at the hands of people.




June 28, 2018 - Dr. Gerould Wilhelm

Director of Research at the Conservation Research Institute in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.


"Consilience, Concinnity, and the Way"


Consilience means “jumping together” and is typified when all the elements of an ecosystem are working in harmony. The health of an ecosystem is directly related to consilience.  If one acknowledges that plants and animals grow in habitats to which they are adapted....




April 19, 2018 - Allison Sacerdote-Velat


"Smooth Greensnake Conservation in Northern Illinois."


Dr Sacerdote-Velat, one of the leading authorities on Green Snakes, will focus on the known threats to conservation of smooth green snakes. An Illinois species in great need of conservation she will focus on her research, their ecology, and applied conservation techniques being used to aid the persistence of the species in the region.



January 23, 2018 - Stephen Packard

"Rare Animals. Rare Plants. Rare People. Adventures in Chicagoland Conservation"


Master story teller and restoration/conservation icon Steven Packard joins us for an evening of intimate conversation of how Stewardship is making a difference in rescuing species and communities......




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November 30th, 2017 - Rachel Goad

Manager of Plants of Concern, headquartered at the Chicago Botanic Garden.


"Botanical Citizen Science, its Impacts, and How to Get Involved."


A host of threats face native plants, including habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change.  Data...




July 10 2017 - Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis

Senior Conservation Ecologist and Senior Program Manager for the Chicago Region at The Field Museum of Natural History.


Dr. Derby Louis's  presentation entitled “Building Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate: Why urban nature (really) matters", takes a look at how a changing climate is affecting people and nature in the Greater Chicago Region.....



September 19th, 2017 - PHNRC Commissioners

"Slough 101: The History and the Restoration"


Join PHNRC Commissioners Agnes Wojnarski, Dana Sievertson, Jill Moskal, Edd Madden and John Kamysz as we take a look back at the history, the drama, the collapse and restoration of the Prospect Heights Slough.






January 26, 2017 - John McCabe & Kristin DaPra


The Forest Preserves of Cook County, in partnership with WYCC PBS Chicago and Juneteenth Productions, is proud to present “Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County.”


The hour-long documentary captures the sights and sounds within the Forest Preserves as it marked its 100th anniversary throughout 2015. Audiences will see and learn about the benefits of nature, the impact of open land to our quality of life and what lies ahead in the next century for the one of the oldest and largest forest preserve systems in the nation.


Join us as John McCabe - Director of the Department of Resource Management for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and Kristin DaPra - Stewardship Aid/ Volunteer Resources for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County present this fantastic documentary and take questions and answers immediately after.



September 27, 2016 - Kurt Dreisilker

Head of Natural Resources  at the Morton Arboretum


Dreisilker's presentation entitled "Invasive Plant Prevention at Morton Arboretum" will look at how this public garden controls invasive woody species by using several unique resources, such as:



June 22, 2016 - Chris Anchor

Senior Wildlife Biologist for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.


Anchor's presentation entitled "Wildlife of the Chicagoland Area" is an overview of wildlife and wildlife habitat management over the past three decades.



April, 19 2016 - Doug Taron

Curator of Biology and Vice President of Research and Conservation at Chicago Academy of Sciences’ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.


Taron's  presentation entitled “Butterflies of the American Prairie" explores the butterfly species of northeastern Illinois, their life cycles, and their ecology, with special emphasis on the relationship between caterpillar food plants and habitat.



January 26, 2016 - John McCabe

Director of the Department of Resource Management for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County


McCabe's  presentation entitled “Fire and the Forest Preserves of Cook County”, will discuss some of the history behind prescribed fire and fire in general at the forest preserves.  The presentation will focus on prescribed burning in the urban environment and how the Preserve applies this critical management tool safely and effectively across our holdings.



September 22, 2015 - Bruce Shackleford

President and principal project director of Environmental Consulting Operations, Inc. (ECO, Inc.) of Benton, Arkansas.


Shackleford’s presentation entitled "Life Abounds Beyond The Burning Prairie" will cover adaptive management tools for ecological restoration of prairies and wetlands via selective herbicides, prescribed burning, hydrological controls, mowing, flame torching, seeding/planting and will include the showing of a television documentary he wrote and narrated "Woolsey Wet Prairie – After The Burn".






All programs take place at the Prospect Heights Public Library's Borland meeting room and start promptly at 7:00. Nature Speaks is free admission but registration is necessary.

Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission

8 N. Elmhurst Road

Prospect Heights, IL. 60070

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