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Salt Creek Greenway Association Presents Program on Rare Orchid April 20th

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Barbara Kennedy

The Salt Creek Greenway Association www.saltcreekgreenwayassociation will present Cathy Pollack, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist, speaking on "The Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid and Wolf Road Prairie" Saturday, April 20th at 1:30 pm at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police Headquarters, north side of 31st St, west of Wolf, Westchester.

The eastern prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea)is a rare plant species listed as both state endangered and federally threatened. This orchid has specific life history requirements that may make it more challenging to recover. In the past, Wolf Road Prairie supported a population of the

eastern prairie fringed orchid, but it has not been seen at the site since 1983. In 2012, seed from the eastern prairie fringed orchid was reintroduced at Wolf Road Prairie in an effort to reestablish the population.

All aspects of this rare orchid will be presented

including its history, the species habitat requirements, monitoring, our volunteer program, hand-pollination, what populations look like today, and where recovery is heading.

Email or call 708-865-8736 to reserve your spot.