Stepping Up Litter Control with Litterati 

By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Community Outreach  Community-Wide Litter Pick-Up Challenge Inspired by Local Resident and Powered by Technology  Communities across the country are testing ways to prevent littering and keep their hometowns clean. Signage, more trash cans, catchy marketing campaigns, fines, and street cleaning teams have all been explored. However, according to Beverly/Morgan Park resident and Behavioral Scientist Natalie Hallinger, the best answer may […]

Calabria Imports Going Green 

  By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Community Outreach   While working events at the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum, Julia Roberto of Calabria imports, had no other choice but to “go green.”  Eco-friendly policies guide the plates, cups, and disposal processes that are required for weddings, corporate gatherings, and other events that take place at two of our city’s most important tourism destinations. Roberto gained not only […]

BAPA Awarded 192 Milkweed Plugs to Propel Save the Monarchs Initiative 

  With Spring just around the corner, some of Beverly/Morgan Park’s community gardeners are gearing up to add fresh milkweed to their gardens. Monarch Watch, a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas, recently selected six of our neighborhood gardens as recipients for flats of milkweed to promote more monarch and pollinator-friendly habitats in the […]

Samantha Griffin Assists BAPA With Environmental Initiatives  

  By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Outreach Liaison  Growing up, gardening was a family affair for Samantha Griffin. A recent graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale with degrees in geography and environmental resources, plus minors in horticulture and history, Griffin has joined BAPA this year as a Sustainability Intern to help promote the organization’s environmental initiatives and events.   Griffin learned at an early age the importance of being a steward […]

Beat the Winter Blues with Outdoor Activities 

By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Community Outreach  January is here and with it come the snowy, cold Midwest weather we all know, but may or may not love. Don’t let the drop in temperatures keep you from experiencing the many benefits of being outdoors. Improve stress levels, lower blood pressure and give your physical and mental health a boost by getting outside this winter.   Beverly/Morgan Park residents are fortunate to have […]

Bird Watching in Winter 

By Kristin Boza  Bird afficionados tend to, pardon the pun, flock together. Like many interests in Beverly/Morgan Park, there’s a Facebook group for that! The 19th Ward Birding group is a great way for local bird lovers to share their knowledge and bond over the interesting birds that can be seen right in our own backyards.  Carolyn Leeb is […]

Making Green Resolutions for 2021 

By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Community Outreach Liaison  As we welcome in the New Year, many people are creating resolutions. In 2020 we found ourselves cleaning more, disposing of more, clicking on and ordering more; not necessarily prioritizing the impact of these actions on the environment, but more so the importance of these actions to our day-to-day lives during a pandemic – and […]

BAPA Takes Pledge to Save The Monarchs 

By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Community Outreach Liaison  Over the last two decades, the eastern monarch butterfly has experienced a more than 80% decrease in population. This orange and black-winged species, the Illinois state insect, contributes to the pollination of plants throughout the Prairie State. The migratory and overwintering habitats needed to promote monarch breeding are disappearing, and the drastic drop in population has sparked urgent conservation efforts to save the monarchs. […]