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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 ›

MacArthur students build a Teaching Garden with help from Zurich in Schaumburg and the American Heart Association. (Kate Thayer/Tribune)

MacArthur students plant ‘Teaching Garden’

Students at MacArthur Elementary School in Hoffman Estates planted tomatoes, marigolds, peppers, watermelon and other plants recently, creating a garden for future classroom learning. As … Read more ›

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Bird House

Mother Sparrow feeding her young in Elk Grove. Read more ›

Elk Grove Park District Preschool Students Plant Tree for Arbor Day
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Arbor Day Celebration at the Elk Grove Park District

There were sunny skies to celebrate Arbor Day this year at the Elk Grove Park District. The preschool children along with District staff and guests … 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 ›

Jim Nesci's Cold Blooded Creatures
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Mobilize the Earth-Earth Day Special Event

Saturday, April 21st is the annual celebration of Earth Day at Mead Park in Elk Grove Village! From 10:00am to 2:00pm participants are invited to … 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 ›

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 ›