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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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Cook County Forest Preserve wants to borrow $70 million

The Cook County Forest Preserve District moved ahead Wednesday with a plan to borrow up to $70 million to buy land and make repairs to … Read more ›

Village to host April 4 meeting on neighborhood traffic concerns

Glenview officials are looking for input from residents regarding traffic control measures in a downtown-area neighborhood. The village will host a meeting at 6 p.m. … Read more ›

State park entrance fees: Illinois’ proposal for entry fees at state parks is seen as a sign of the times

At Starved Rock State Park, Wanda Boggs prepared sandwiches Tuesday on a vast lawn in front of the visitor center as two of her grandchildren … Read more ›

Oakton student Jacob Schmidt and Oakton naturalist and groundskeeper Ken Schaefer watch sap boil on Thursday. The three-year tradition is part of the ecology club's effort to raise awareness about nature on campus. (Jennifer Delgado/Tribune)

OCC maple syrup demo draws crowd

Oakton Community College students and staff unacquainted with the origins of maple syrup received a little history lesson last week as ecology club members demonstrated … Read more ›

State parks could charge admission fees, under legislation the Illinois House passed

Visitors to Illinois state parks would face admission fees for the first time under legislation the Illinois House passed Monday. The bill would allow the … Read more ›