WILMINGTON, Ill. — Volunteers, partners and staff with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service-Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie released a 2020 calendar that features a native Illinois prairie plant for each month of the year.
The “Plant of The Month” calendar is now available for download from the Midewin website: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/midewin/home/?cid=FSEPRD698952.
In 2019, Midewin produced a social media series intended to raise awareness of the surprising variety of native Illinois prairie plants. Each week, a different native Illinois prairie plant was featured on Facebook and Twitter in the Midewin “Plant of The Week” series.
With dozens of plants spotlighted last year, it was challenging to narrow down 12 plants for the calendar. Midewin staff identified the “People’s Choices” and included plants that generated the highest engagements on Facebook and Twitter.
From trees to grasses, from fall colors to spring blooms, there is a plant to celebrate every month.
The calendar also includes some special key dates in conservation and natural resources and dates of some of Midewin’s large public events.