District 158 School Board adjusts plans to accommodate chimney swifts

Architect explains options and constraints; Board moves to choose temporary fix now, with plans for permanent solution later by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (July 21, 2018) – In the space of five weeks, School Board 158, JMA Architects, and dozens of Lansing residents have become chimney swift experts and, to varying degrees, chimney swift advocates. … Read more

More than 700 sign Coolidge chimney swift petition

Reasons include conservation, history, and benefits to Lansing by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (July 12, 2018) – “Delay the Coolidge chimney demolition until October for the Chimney Swifts,” is the title emblazoned at the top of the online petition. It was posted three days ago by Lansing resident and recent activist Julie Blackwood. Blackwood lives … Read more

District 158 School Board discusses Coolidge chimney swifts

Coolidge chimney swifts

“Definitely a learning opportunity—for all of Lansing,” says Superintendent Heiberger by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (June 20, 2018) – Dr. Ceal Heiberger was surprised to learn about the large colony of chimney swifts that has been nesting at Coolidge Elementary School for 20 years or more. It was only after construction plans were well underway … Read more

Strategic roadside mowing to conserve monarchs, pollinator species begins successful second year


Adjustment by IDOT aims to re-establish food source for official state insect, other species information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 1, 2018) — As concerns for declining pollinator species continue to buzz throughout the country, the Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding the public of a change in mowing operations … Read more