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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 ›

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Dr. Michael Corn, College of Lake County; Rob Carmichael, Curator of the Wildlife Discovery Center; and Chris Kubic, Grayslake North High School were all involved in the relocation project.
From the community

Two Tributes for the Wildlife Discovery Center

The Wildlife Discovery Center at Elawa Farm was recently given a 5-star rating by the National Wildlife Federation. Judged on the diversity of its programming, … 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 ›

Zebra mussels are an aquatic invasives species that has been problematic in the Great Lakes region since the 1990's.  (Photo from WI IDNR)
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Aquatic Invasive Species Found at a Lake Near You

Asian carp. Zebra and quagga mussels. Brazilian elodea and Eurasian watermilfoil. Their names read like a list of recent headlines. All of these aquatic animals … Read more ›

Council approves environmental consortium

The Lake Forest city council on Monday established the Lake Forest Consortium for Environmental Leadership. The group will be made up of government entities, schools … 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 ›

Dalitsch Pond path, bridge to be unveiled May 2

Lake Forest officials next month will celebrate the grand opening of a new Dalitsch Pond path and bridge. At 10 a.m. May 2, at the Dalitsch Pond … Read more ›

Lake Forest gearing up for an ‘exponential explosion’ of emerald ash borer infestation

Lake Forest officials are creating a formal emerald ash borer beetle plan to help stem an expected massive infection of ash trees in the next … 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 ›