The afternoon of May 1 was filled with demonstrations and hands-on activities designed to help transform gardens into wildlife habitats. The May Day event, sponsored by Natural Habitat Evanston,  attracted a crowd of more than 100 people to the Ecology Center, located in Ladd Arboretum.

 Suzanne Malec-McKenna, executive director of Chicago Wilderness Alliance, kicked off the event. The Chicago Wilderness Alliance is working closely with the City of Evanston, Evanston TreeKeepers, Citizens’ Greener Evanston and other organizations to help create, restore and conserve habitat in parks, backyards, and schoolyards, at places of worship and in other green spaces.

Natural Habitat Evanston’s goal is to certify all of Evanston as a National Wildlife Federation community habitat. These goals also include updating ordinances, reducing pesticides, and creating habitat corridors along the lakefront, North Shore Channel and other green pathways used by wildlife.v