13. The Ultimate Recycling Project Refreshes Heron Rookery with Christmas Trees

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Citizens for Conservation Completes the Ultimate Recycling Project

Citizens for Conservation, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and the Village of Barrington have once again collaborated to complete the ultimate recycling project! This weekend they gathered to refurbishing the heron rookery on the island in Baker’s Lake.

Citizens for Conservation Completes the Ultimate Recycling Project
Citizens for Conservation Completes the Ultimate Recycling Project

The Village of Barrington delivered recycled Christmas trees to the Baker’s Lake Overlook at Hillside Road and Northwest Highway in Barrington and Forest Preserve personnel used snowmobiles to take the trees across the frozen lake to the island.

Citizens for Conservation volunteers gathered at the overlook, then walked gingerly across the ice with loppers and pruners and spent an afternoon chopping off bottom branches, making a lattice covering around the base of the island for the egrets.

Last year’s trees were pulled out of PVC tubes, the new supply was trimmed and placed upright in the tubes. Here are past photos from volunteers at work refurbishing the rookery.

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With the work completed, birdwatchers from communities near and far can anticipate spring arrivals including great egrets, great blue herons, double-crested cormorants and state endangered black-crowned night herons at the rookery.

Citizens for Conservation’s mission is “Saving Living Space for Living Things” through protection, restoration and stewardship of land, conservation of natural resources, and education. For more information about the work they do, visit their website at CitizensforConservation.org.



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