Our four jack pines were donated in 2017 by local members of Rotary International’s Green Committee. They are expected to do well in the sandy soil and to provide shelter and food for insects, birds, and other animals visiting the sanctuary.
Black Oaks are our true sun and sand loving trees, as they thrive in this harsh dry environment. Like other oaks, they are a magnet to wildlife, providing food for caterpillars and other insects to eat, and attracting birds to eat these insects. Both birds and mammals eat the acorns.
Burr Oaks are a species of White Oak. They provide shelter and food for insects, birds, and other animals visiting the sanctuary and the parkland nearby.
Staghorn Sumacs get their name from the velvet fuzz on the young trunks and new branches reminiscent of the horns off young buck deer. They have beautiful color in the fall with both red leaves and berries.
Hackberry trees are easily identified by their conspicuously ridged bark and the tendency to have many insect galls on their leaves in the summer.
Box Elder is one of the main trees in our remnant area, the part of the bird sanctuary that was part of the original wild grove that was mostly cut down when Northwestern built the new visitors center. It is a favorite of many bird species.