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Explore the Wild Side of Fermilab at Fermilab Natural Areas' Discovery Day

Explore the Natural Side of Fermilab at Fermilab Natural Areas' Discovery Day On July 14th, Fermilab Natural Areas will be offering guided tours of some … 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 ›

Mary Ellen Malinowski, the Koi Whisperer, at work.
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The Koi Whisperer at the Fabyan Japanese Garden

Preservation Partners presents a program on koi-keeping by local expert MaryEllen Malinowski. Known as the Koi Whisperer, Malinowski confesses she does sometimes talk to the … Read more ›

Don't miss fun, food, wagon rides and more at Elburn Forest Preserve, Saturday, June 2, at noon.
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Celebrate new improvements to Elburn Forest Preserve

Come celebrate the grand opening of the newly improved east side of Elburn Forest Preserve on Saturday, June 2, from noon to 2 p.m. The … Read more ›

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Fermilab Family Outdoor Fair

Sunday, June 10, 2012Fermilab Family Outdoor FairAudience: Families, PublicGrades:K +Bring your family and explore the outside world. Activities for all ages: sweep for insects, net … 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 ›

In prior years, up to 250 American White Pelicans have been spotted at one time at Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia. The birds typically arrive in waves and only stay a week or two before migrating north. Photo courtesy Scott Seifrid.
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American White Pelicans return to Dick Young Forest Preserve

It’s not officially spring until March 20 — but tell that to the pelicans. Often viewed as a sign of spring in Kane County, the … Read more ›

White clover, a common edible weed in Illinois, is likely the species that sometimes produces four leaves, giving it the name four-leaf clover and supposedly giving the finder good luck. Tribune file photo

Four-leaf clover: Rare variation of a common, edible weed (and may be good luck)

That sometimes pesky white clover creeping into your grass in spring is the same plant that supposedly brings luck to those who find it in … Read more ›

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Spring Birding with DuPage Birding Club

Courting Displays of the Woodcock, Migrating Waterfowl, and Returning Species Highlight March-April Birding Trips from DuPage Birding Club March 3, 2012, Glen Ellyn, IL—The public … Read more ›