In an effort to help keep the lakes debris-free, Shedd hosts beach cleanups at several sites along the Lake Michigan shoreline through the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach™ program. Volunteers will work in teams, combing the beach for litter and recording data on their findings to support effective coastal management.
Habitat and Wildlife Monitoring
Shedd’s Great Lakes Action Days are about making a direct and positive difference for local wildlife. To measure the impact of our work, participants will take a close look at our amphibian friends in the forest preserves, surveying salamanders and frogs, or strap on waders to seek out Great Lakes fishes just a few feet from shore.
Invasive Plant Removal
With more than 180 invasive plant and animal species in the Great Lakes, taking action to prevent the further spread of harmful ecological invaders is a good start toward restoring the Great Lakes. Participants will learn about the natural habitats along the coast and in forest preserves around Chicago, while making a positive difference for local wildlife, from frogs and salamanders to migratory birds. This is a great way to get physical and have fun restoring habitat!
Amphibian Habitat Restoration
In the spring of 2015, Shedd forged a partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County to begin intensive restoration of local amphibian habitats. Combining the land management expertise of the Forest Preserves with Shedd's expertise of amphibian health, this collaborative project will make major improvements to the ponds and prairies that are home to native amphibians such as blue-spotted salamanders and chorus frogs. Participants will jump in with a variety of activities, from amphibian surveys to water quality testing to invasive brush removal and more.