Thanks to Maine East High School teachers and students, migrating and resident birds along with other wildlife received another home makeover in the Maine East Oak Savanna on a recent Saturday. The Maine East Ecology Club and other student helpers came out to help create and restore habitat for Maine's wild animal neighbors.
Using funds from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant, students and teachers planted 40 new native shrubs, cut out invasive European Buckthorn and goldenrod, and picked up trash that had blown onto the 1-acre nature preserve on the Maine East campus, explained East Science Teacher Shelby Riha.
With help from Art, of Art & Linda's Wildflowers, club members and others were able to increase campus biodiversity, maintain a unique learning space, and get more acquainted with the little slice of wilderness. New bird feeders and houses will be going up soon!
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