Animals, Plants and Nature Send Items to Nbrcalendar@dailyherald.Com

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Events that involve pets, animals and plants, such as pet washes, adoption days, nature walks, microchipping, nature photography exhibits, nature tours, bird walks, calls for volunteers for nature-related work days, etc. Deadline is two weeks before event date.

Fun with Spring Blooming Bulbs: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, and 11 a.m.-noon Sunday, Sept. 16, Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. The gardening pros at Knupper will teach you tricks on easy planting methods, fun color combinations and extending your bloom time. They will talk about perennial favorites like daffodils and crocus and introduce you to new and unique spring bloomers you'll want to see in your garden. Call (847) 359-1080 or visit KnupperNursery.com.

Volunteer at Stillman: The second and fourth Fridays of the month, Stillman Nature Center, Penny Road, between routes 59 and 62, South Barrington. Volunteer duties include clearing buckthorn, collecting seeds, planting trees, burning brush, cleaning raptor enclosures, and spreading chips on trails. Stillman has the tools; healthy, outdoor-loving volunteers are needed. Bring work gloves and wear clothes you don't mind getting muddy. Call (847) 428-6957 or visit stillnc@wildblue.net.

A Drought Walk: 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, South Barrington. Investigate how the plants and animals of Stillman are adjusting to this year's drought. If current weather conditions persist, you may be able to walk across the evaporated marshland. Come join Stillman for this rare opportunity to explore normally inaccessible areas of the nature center. Free. Call (847) 428-6957.

Pathway to Plants: 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, Merkle Log Cabin at Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Learn to recognize plants through games, activities, books, leaf rubbings, puzzles and a slideshow. Call (847) 985-2100 or visit parkfun.com.

Lake/Cook Chapter Illinois Audubon Society: 7 p. …