Beyond Monarchs:
Preserving Endangered Butterflies, Bees and Dragonflies

Discover how to help protect endangered butterflies, bees and dragonflies at “Beyond Monarchs: Preserving Endangered Butterflies, Bees and Dragonflies” on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook.
Beyond Monarchs Poster
The free program is co-hosted by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and DuPage Monarch Project. The event is free and registration is not required.

Forest Preserve District ecologist Andres Ortega will discuss conservation efforts in local forest preserves for Baltimore checkerspot butterflies, Hine’s emerald dragonflies and rusty-patched bumblebees. The program will also provide practical strategies for homeowners and communities to help protect butterflies and other pollinators.

See the full announcement by clicking here.

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Historic Preservation Activities

The Village's historic preservation program was revised in 2015, contributing to an increased interest in landmarking homes and other historic structures.  Since then eighteen buildings have been granted local landmark status in Downers Grove, nine structures in 2016 and another nine in 2017.
Cameron House
The Village Council unanimously approved landmark status for the Cameron House, 4632 Main Street on December 12, 2017 at the request of Brian & Karen BeechlerPlease click here to learn about this Craftman Bungalow home that was built circa 1922.

Century of Progress House
Also on December 12th the Village Council approved unanimously landmark status for the Century of Progress House built in 1936 at 1324 Maple Avenue. Please click here to read information provided by David & Joan Kresl about their Georgian style home.

Please click here to read about the presentation to Friends Of The Edwards House of the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Advocacy.

Please click here for a complete listing of the 20 buildings that have been granted local landmark status in Downers Grove.

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Village Receives Green Fleet Award
The Village of Downers Grove has been selected as the #10 Greenest Fleet in North America. Each year the Government Green Fleet Award ranks the top 50 fleets for their dedicated use of alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles.Green Fleet
Downers Grove was the only village among the top 50 rankings, which included many larger jurisdictions such as the City of Phoenix, Kansas City, Seattle, Port Authority of New York, and the like.

Of the Village's fleet, 83% utilize some form of alternative fuel. These alternatives include Biodiesel (B-20), E-85 (Ethanol), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), propane, solar power, and hybrid combinations. The Village uses CNG fuel to power a wide range of vehicles including compact sedans, pick-up trucks, cargo vans, police patrol vehicles and five-ton trucks. The Village's five-ton trucks were the first in the midwest to be powered by CNG.

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Downers Grove's Monarch Proclamation
Monarch Butterfly
Responding to efforts to make our village more friendly for monarch butterflies, Mayor Martin Tully has proclaimed "support of the DuPage Monarch Project to improve and increase suitable monarch habitat to make Downers Grove more monarch friendly."   Click here to view this monarch friendly proclamation.

DuPage Monarchs Project
The DuPage Monarch Project is a group of local organizations working together to provide education about monarchs and increase the amount of suitable monarch habitat throughout DuPage County. DuPage Monarch Project is asking mayors and village boards to formally resolve to make their communities more monarch friendly.

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Mysteries of the Monarch

PDHAKen Lerner sponsored a free public presentation entitled Mysteries of the Monarch on October 19, 2017.  Ken Lerner, PDHA Chair, welcomed everyone and gave a brief description of our organization and its activities before he introduced our speaker. You can click here to see Ken's slide presentation.

Our speaker was Kim White, who participates in the DuPage Monarch Project and writes The Natural Naturalist blog.  Kim told us about the marvelous life cycle of Monarch Butterflies and about the DuPage Monarch Project's work to provide improved habitats for these extraordinary creatures throughout DuPage County.
Kim White Speaking at PDHA Meeting 10/19/2017
Kim has volunteered as a docent at Brookfield Zoo for 10 years, followed by 10 years as an employee in their Education Department teaching school groups. Later she worked as a tour guide for a pilgrimage company, taking people to Israel, Egypt, and Europe. After taking 4 years off to care for her beloved in-laws, she is now back to learning and teaching about the natural wonders of the world that can be found in our own backyards.

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Betty Cheever & Wally Brown Honored

Many organizations and individuals joined forces to honor Betty M. Cheever and Wallace H. (Wally) Brown with tribute benches in Lyman Woods Preserve. A celebration of Betty Cheever's and Wally Brown's community leadership took place on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Lyman Woods Interpretative Center.  Please click here to learn more about this event and the tribute benches honoring Wally Brown and Betty Cheever.

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Heritage Alliance Mission

Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of Downers Grove. In the past, we have maintained sharp focus on the natural heritage within our community. Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance has been instrumental in the preservation and protection of Lyman Woods, and Belmont Prairie, which continue as on-going projects.

We are now also committed to the preservation of  cultural aspects of Downers Grove, including its rich architectural heritage. We work to accomplish our mission through education as well as community outreach.

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Can you find this house in Downers Grove and why is it important?
(Click the image for the answer)



Last updated 2/16/2018 

Village Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Meeting Agenda
7:00 pm, Council Chamber
Village Hall
801 Burlington Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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PDHA Meeting
Tuesday, March 8, 2018

7:00 pm, Room 307,
Lincoln Center,
935 Maple Avenue,
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Click here to read our
2017 Fall Newsletter

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Click here to read our
2017 Spring Newsletter

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Please consider
a charitable donation
to support
educational activities of
Pierce Downer's
Heritage Alliance.

Click here to request
more information about Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance.
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Click here to see
Ashley Wurth's slides
about Urban Coyotes
from our
2016 Annual Meeting.

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Click here to see Michael Lambert's slides on Historic Preservation in Geneva, IL
from our
2015 Annual Meeting.

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Click here to learn about beekeeping in Lyman Woods.

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The 1846 Blodgett House

An opportunity exists to restore the 1846 Blodgett House one of the Village's oldest houses reflecting our rich cultural heritage. PDHA supports such efforts to preserve valuable historic resources for future generations.

Click here to learn about the 1846 Blodgett House project.

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Click here to learn more about other local historic preservation activities in Downers Grove.

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Downers Grove Township's Monthly Electronic Recycling
Is Continuing in 2017

AVA E-Recycling is continuing again this year its electronics recycling program in cooperation with Downers Grove Township Highway Department.

Audio or video cassettes, as well as CD’s, are no longer accepted and all TV’s need to have a prepaid coupon from AVA. Please click here to learn more about the rules for recycling TV's.

The next event is scheduled for March 18th, and runs from 8 AM to 12 PM at the Highway Garage, 318 Quincy Street, Westmont IL 60559. Other events will follow on the third Saturday of each month at the same time and location, unless that date falls on a holiday weekend.
As always the events close promptly at noon and electronics can only be dropped off on event dates. Drop offs outside of designated hours are not allowed.
For further information, please call Downers Grove Township Highway Department at (630) 719-6625.