Join & Support

The RPC is a 501c 3 charitable organization. Please help us help the Riverwoods Community by joining our mailing list, making a donation, and / or following us on Facebook

Village Voice

Why Plant Natives

WHY PLANT NATIVESNative plants are those that occur naturally in the region in which they evolved.  Without them and the insects that co-evolved with them, local birds cannot survive. For example, research by the entomologist Doug Tallamy has shown that native oak...

read more

Ticks & Mosquitoes – Be Careful Out There

According to a May 2018 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites have tripled in the U.S. from 2004 through 2016. The report states that, since many infections are not recognized or reported, it’s...

read more

Things You Might Not Know About Whitetail Deer

Riverwoods residents share their gardens and roadways with whitetail deer, but it’s been left to hunters and researchers to come up with some amazing facts about these sometimes problematic neighbors. Such as:Eating Habits – Depending on what’s available throughout...

read more

STYROFOAM – INITIAL BOON, CURRENT NIGHTMARE

In 1941 a Dow Chemical Company engineer invented a new material made of polystyrene, which was trademarked by Dow as “Styrofoam.”  Although most people refer to all polystyrene products as “Styrofoam,” actual Styrofoam and expanded polystyrene foam have somewhat...

read more

Stink Bugs – Harrowing News

Of the approximately 250 species of stink bugs in North America, the most common, the most destructive, and the one most likely to show up indoors is the brown marmorated (marbled) stink bug (BMSB). In the late ‘90s, the BMSB was accidentally introduced from Asia into...

read more

ALIENS – A SCARY STORY (You provide the happy ending…)

Imagine that one morning you walked into your kitchen for breakfast and discovered that all your food was unfamiliar.  In the refrigerator, in the cupboards, everywhere you looked, you found food that looked similar to what you usually ate, but that tasted and smelled...

read more

ALTERNATIVE DE-ICING STRATEGIES FOR WINTER

Snow and ice, along with the use of de-icers, promise to be regular occurrences in the upcoming months. While preservation issues dictate many aspects of Riverwoods life, icy streets, driveways and sidewalks need to be treated to because they can be dangerous.  To...

read more

Water, Water Everywhere…Really?

Traditionally, those of us fortunate enough to live near the shores of Lake Michigan, or in the once-glacial areas of Illinois and Wisconsin, have seen water as a bountiful source of both life and pleasure.  With this essential but diminishing resource we have:...

read more

Living With Mosquitoes

According to the South Lake Mosquito Abatement District (SLMAD), this year the 18 traps positioned strategically in the District captured floodwater mosquitoes, which don’t spread disease. The only West Nile positives in the North Shore area in 2018 were from...

read more

Protesting Pollinators While Controlling Mosquitoes

Bees are among the most beneficial of insects, and studies indicate they are declining in alarming numbers. Without this essential pollinator many of our flowers, fruits and vegetables will be threatened. For that reason questions often arise regarding the effect...

read more