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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 ›

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 ›

Black-legged ticks like this female work their way up the mammal chain as they evolve, until they can suck blood -- and possibly transmit pathogents -- to humans and their pets. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / April 2, 2012)

Warm weather has ticks out earlier than normal this year

The drawback to our mild winter and early, unusually warm spring is that ticks — those tiny, potentially dangerous creatures — have come out early. … Read more ›

Hinsdale plans ash borer attack

For the first time in its history, the village of Hinsdale has done an inventory of all of the 15,000 trees that it owns, and … Read more ›

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 ›

A baby aardvark born last month to its seven-year-old mother Jessi was introduced at Brookfield Zoo today. (Heather Charles/ Chicago Tribune)

Brookfield Zoo introduces baby aardvark

Brookfield Zoo today announced the birth of an aardvark at the zoo, the first born there in a decade. The aardvark—which hasn’t been named yet, … Read more ›

Village sees steep decline in downtown landscaping costs

The cost of maintaining downtown flower boxes and landscaping in Hinsdale has decreased substantially over the last the last several years, according to a village … Read more ›

Disc golf and ‘natural’ playground coming to KLM park in Hinsdale

The Hinsdale parks and recreation department will begin working this spring on a couple of new features at Katherine Legge Memorial Park. The new amenities … Read more ›