News From Max & The Wild Things
The conservation and preservation of fragile and threatened reptile ecosystems and species was Max's passion as evidenced by his many years of work in the field, educating the general public, assisting in biological research projects, breeding rare species, and investigating reptiles in their native habits worldwide. Now, his work in the field of education and preservation can only continue through the generosity of others.
We had thought last year’s Maxtravaganza would be our last, but the combination of a full, blue moon on Max’s birthday made us reconsider. We’re hoping you can join us on Max’s birthday, May 21st, at the place where he developed his passion for conservation: The Wildlife Discovery Center at Elawa Farm.
Adam (Max's brother) shares a great video from his friend Forrest Galante. As Forrest says, "Citizen scientists can and do make a huge difference all around the world every day, and it is the mentality that each and every one of us can lend a hand with(more...)
The magic of the season happens on many levels. The sense of wonder and appreciation of nature is deepened by the 12-year-old future filmmaker's encounter with deer in Wauconda this past weekend. How can your child better connect with nature?(more...)
Rob Carmichael, Curator of the Wildlife Discovery Center, shows off Maximus, a captive-bred Saltwater Crocodile acquired in 2008. As Maximus grows too large for the WDC, he will be swapped for another juvenile. Maximus will then be mature for breeding and will return to his place of birth to keep the species going.(more...)
Sign up to get the electronic version of the Wild Life Discovery Center's Newsletter (Be green). Rob has fabulous pictures and newsworthy updates on local conservation efforts not often covered in the press.(more...)
The Max Schewitz Foundation would like to see more active use of our local forest preserve, and we are considering sponsoring a bike-share program. The bike share stand would be at the entrance to the Middlefork Savanna, adjacent to Elawa Farm in Lake Forest. Here’s how the program would work:(more...)
The Max and the Wild Things Prairie Garden at Elawa Farm had its first "burn" yesterday. These pictures show the before, during, and after. Despite the prolonged winter, there were green shoots under all that dried plant material. Spring is really on its way!(more...)