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The warm winter has been kind to this squirrel, which reaches for a bud on a small branch at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook Monday. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / March 12, 2012)

Unseasonably warm March proves a mixed bag for animals, plants

Ecologist Steve Sullivan was trolling for voles recently when he noticed something quite unusual: Swarms of flies buzzing about the Chicago area, in winter. But … 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 ›

From the community

Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: March 12 – 18

For more information on the many programs and places of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, call 630-933-7200, or visit dupageforest.org. Tuesday, March 13Home-Schoolers … Read more ›

From the community

Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: March 5 – 11

For more information on the many programs and places of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, call 630-933-7200, or visit dupageforest.org. Thursday, March 8WDCB … Read more ›

After noticing a Cooper's hawk perched above Wheaton's Cosley Zoo duck pond last month, zookeepers moved 11 small ducks into the safety of an enclosed aviary with makeshift ponds. ( Keri Wiginton, Chicago Tribune / February 16, 2012 )

Wheaton’s Cosley Zoo protects small ducks from predatory Cooper’s hawk

The Cooper’s hawk looking for a meal at Wheaton’s Cosley Zoo won’t find small ducks on the menu these days. After noticing the hawk perched … Read more ›

Mike Iaconelli with two big tournament bass.   Photo by BASS and Rob Russow
From the community

Is it Ikeā€™s turn?

After a year of fishing in a variety of tournaments across the nation, 49 of the best anglers will finally compete in the 2012 Bassmaster … Read more ›

People learn about and buy jewelry, minerals and fossils at the show.
From the community

Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

A "Gem-Mineral-Fossil Show" of the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois (ESCONI) is being held at the College of DuPage, Building K on Saturday, March … Read more ›

Joan Sayre took this photo of a great horned owl in her Libertyville back yard. The adult owls raised two young, which she saw in early June two years ago.

Hooting great horned owls celebrate Valentine’s Day

Beneath a full moon on a cold, winter’s evening, the pair begins its courtship duet. Hoo hoo hoooo hooo hoo, he bellows atop a walnut … Read more ›

Willowbrook Wildlife Center's resident groundhog, seen here in springtime, will most likely be snoozing through its namesake holiday.
From the community

Local Groundhogs Likely to be Sleeping on Feb. 2

Groundhog Day is on its way, when dozens of towns across the country look to local groundhogs to determine how long winter weather will wait … Read more ›

We could see northern lights tonight, thanks to solar flare

For the second time in just three months, people in the Chicago area have a shot at seeing the northern lights this evening. That’s because … Read more ›