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Volunteers planting wetland plugs. Photo by Donna Bolzman.
From the community

CFC Restoration Volunteers Launch Summer Schedule

Citizens for Conservation restoration volunteers have launched their invigorating summer schedule. Volunteers work Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. Among the summer projects are sedge … Read more ›

Heroes Thomas Petrovic, Carlos Ramirez, Mikey Schumacher, Carmen Ramirez, Maeve Schumacher, and Sarah Jasonowicz. Not pictured is Peyton Bendix. Photo courtesy of Pat Winkelman.
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The apprehensive duckling

Arborist John Kelly from the Care of Trees, while driving to and from clients, noticed a panicked mallard duck and one duckling frantically walking back … Read more ›

A cougar at Wildlife Prairie State Park near Peoria. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune / June 14, 2012)

Study: Cougars again spreading across Midwest

Cougars are again spreading across the Midwest a century after the generally reclusive predators were hunted to near extinction in much of the region, according … Read more ›

Callery Pear infestation in a natural area (Photo from Bugwood Wiki, University of Georgia)
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Invasive Ornamental Plants Pose Threat for Native Wildlife

In winter we dream of spring. We peruse garden catalogs for beautiful plants to adorn our homes. When late spring arrives and the danger of … Read more ›

CFC's Mighty Oak winners. Photo courtesy of Bob Lee.
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Citizens for Conservation's Mighty Oak Award Winners

Citizens for Conservation has given an unprecedented twenty-eight Mighty Oak Awards to non-board members volunteering fifty or more hours in 2011. This group of outstanding … Read more ›

Accepting the award, presented by Jim Vanderpoel, (right) are (left to right) Jim Voris, Matt Hokanson, Jim Root, Dave Cook and  and  Ginger Underwood.  Not pictured: Kim Keper and John Dalen. Photo by Bob Lee.
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2012 William H. Miller Conservation Award presented to Spring Creek Stewards

The William H. Miller Conservation Award is given for outstanding contributions to conservation in the Barrington Area. CFC has been extremely successful in establishing native … Read more ›

Rob Klamczynski puts up a wingspan display for Bird Day at Crabtree Nature Center.
From the community

Welcome Back Birds!

Come witness the wonders of migration at International Migratory Bird Day at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington on May 12th from Noon to 4:00 p.m. … Read more ›

Children at last year's nature fest, hosted by No Child Left Inside group, examine organisms from a pond. This year the group is partnering with the Barrington Breakfast Rotary for the Barrington Area Kid Fest. (Photo provided by Susan Lenz)

First Barrington Kid Fest encourages outdoor play

Two Barrington organizations will join their spring events to give families an even bigger excuse to play outside this weekend. The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club … Read more ›

One of the 13 elk living in Elk Grove. (Heather Leszczewicz/TribLocal)

Elk herd, longtime area residents

The northwest corner of Higgins and Arlington Heights may look like an empty, fenced-in field most of the time, but, yes, there are elk in … Read more ›

Saturday night is prime time for Lyrids meteoroid watching

Saturday night promises to be cold, a little damp and dark — a great night to be outdoors, if you’re a stargazer. The hours from … Read more ›