CHICAGO — When Shirley Rounds Davis moved to her home on Chicago's Far South Side decades ago, she could see a maple tree through the window. Over the years, she watched it grow.

“And the birds would come,” Davis said. “In the morning, they would wake me up, and my children too, they’d wake us up with their song in the morning.”


Shirley Davis, 72, who is a TreeKeeper in Chicago, stands with a linden tree she cares for in her neighborhood on April 30. The TreeKeeper program from the conservation group Openlands trains volunteers to care for trees.

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