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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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Enjoy the dazling world of nature - Up Close!
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Nature Up Close: Macro Photography

Join the Lake-to-Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones and Joan Sayre, noted photographer, for an evening full of images that will amaze your senses. Joan is … 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 ›

Virginia bluebells bloom in April at Grant Woods Forest Preserve (Sheryl DeVore/Tribune)

Update: Land purchase will expand Grant Woods Forest Preserve

The Lake County Forest Preserves Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a $3-million land purchase that will increase the size of Grant Woods Forest Preserve to … Read more ›

Rob Carmichael, curator of the Lake Forest Wildlife Discovery Center, holds several brown snakes that spent the winter in a wine chiller in the center. The snakes were released Monday in Illinois Sate Beach Park in Zion. Michael Tercah/Chicago Tribune

Rescued snakes are returned to habitat

After spending most of the winter curled up in a 6-foot-tall wine chiller in a Lake Forest wildlife center, scores of squirming reptiles were set … 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 ›