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Baby, baby, baby

Three baby robins await their breakfast. Read more ›

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 ›

Arboretum Hawk on the lookout
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Arb's Hawk

Spotted a hawk scanning a field for a quick meal at the Morton Arboretum one late spring afternoon. 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 ›

Early Blooming Lilacs at Lilacia Park
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What About the Lilacs?

Many people are concerned with the early arrival of lilacs. They wonder: "How will we celebrate Lilac Time in Lombard once the lilacs are gone?" … Read more ›

Young animals that seem to be abandoned, such as this nest of bunnies, most likely have parents that will return to care for them.
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Willowbrook Wildlife Center Reminds Residents That It's Baby Animal Season

Spring is breeding time for many DuPage County animal species. The staff and volunteers at Willowbrook Wildlife Center, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s … Read more ›

Lombard Park District volunteer Marymae Meyer said lilacs in Lombard's Lilacia Park are blooming five weeks early because of record-setting warm temperatures. She also is a director of the International Lilac Society.

Lilac Time’s favorite attraction arrives weeks ahead of schedule

West suburban Lombard, dubbed “The Lilac Village,” celebrates the sweet smelling bush best known for its pale purple flowers every spring. In May, village leaders … Read more ›

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Boat Rentals at Two Forest Preserve Lakes

Visitors to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville and Herrick Lake at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve … Read more ›