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EGMOW booth at Custer's Last Stand Festival
From the community

Durbin Urged to Support Illinois' Right to Label GMO Foods

As the U.S. Senate votes on the 2012 Farm Bill, a local group has sent Senator Dick Durbin a letter written on a table-cloth urging … 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 ›

Katherine Romb, a volunteer with Community Animal Rescue Effort in Evanston, poses with Bella, a stray recently picked up in the north suburb. (Brian L. Cox / Special to the Tribune)

In Evanston and Skokie and many places, pets are being given up due to economy

With the economy still in the doldrums, an increasing number of people are abandoning or giving their pets up for adoption, which has put a … 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 ›

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Private Elm Insurance Deadline is May 31

Once an elm tree is diagnosed with Dutch Elm Disease, the City of Evanston requires removal of the tree within 30 days. If the diseased … 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 ›

Osprey Mating
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Osprey Nesting

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Nesting Owls
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Great Horned Owlets with Mom

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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 ›