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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 ›

Don't miss fun, food, wagon rides and more at Elburn Forest Preserve, Saturday, June 2, at noon.
From the community

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 ›

Teens blow up Earth baloons in preparation for the fourth annual Elgin Green Expo. (Kate Thayer/Tribune)

Green Expo longer this year

Saul Diaz of Elgin learned Friday about making his home more energy efficient, and saving himself some cash. As the fourth Elgin Green Expo got … Read more ›

Children work in the Gail Borden Library's community garden. The garden is one of more than 20 throughout Elgin. A new program will start growing gardens on city-owned, vacant land. (Photo provided by Elgin Community Garden Network)

Elgin’s Community Garden Network to expand to already vacant land

Elgin’s Community Garden Network is seeking to beautify city-owned, vacant land, while also offering a health benefit to residents. The garden network started about two … 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 ›

Dandelions are creeping up in lawns all over suburbia. (Sheryl DeVore/Tribune)

The lowly dandelion: It’s got some good points

Dandelions are cropping up in lawns all over suburbia and the city–and that’s got homeowners screaming as it usually does this time of year. Some … Read more ›

River cleanup planned at Trout Park

Elgin residents can participate in a cleanup, sponsored by state Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin, the Sierra Club Valley of the Fox Water Sentinels. The Fox … Read more ›

A chorus frog is no larger than a thumb when fully grown. (Sheryl DeVore/Tribune)

Chorus frogs signal spring

It’s no bigger than your thumb, but its song can resonate across the marshes.  In fact, when a group of these amphibians called chorus frogs … 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 ›