Illinois Beach Restored to Health

A beach in Winthrop Harbor, Ill. near Chicago has been cleaned up thanks to native plants. Vast, open beach space was inviting to gulls which took up residence by the hundreds. Their waste polluted the sand and the water, making the beach unsafe for people. By planting native species throughout the beach, gulls found the space less attractive and stopped showing up, restoring habitat and water quality at the same time. Read more here.

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