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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 ›

Stanford Students Wearing EPP 100% Certified Organic T-Shirts
From the community

Painting The Future Green

Painting The Future Green: By Caitlin Presberg, Eco Promotional Products, Inc. The overall goal of Colleges and Universities is to insure a better future for … Read more ›

Callery Pear infestation in a natural area (Photo from Bugwood Wiki, University of Georgia)
From the community

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 ›

A volunteer tends to last year's garden
From the community

Check It Out… Planting Party!!

This summer, MGPL will have two garden boxes on the lawn west of the building (Georgiana St.). Children will be growing seeds, having worm races, … 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 ›

Maine East students Evan Beierwaltes, 15, and Jesse Lee, 17, remove cattails in the pond inside the Oak Savannah. (Jennifer Delgado/Tribune)

Maine East begins fundraising for Oak Savanna restoration

A nature restoration project at least two decades in the making will blossom this week as Maine East begins raising funds to restore and preserve … 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 ›

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 ›

A chorus frog is no larger than a thumb when fully grown. (Sheryl DeVore/Tribune)

Chorus frogs signal spring

It’s no bigger than your thumb, but its song can resonate across the marshes.  In fact, when a group of these amphibians called chorus frogs … 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 ›