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Joan Sayre took this photo of a great horned owl in her Libertyville back yard. The adult owls raised two young, which she saw in early June two years ago.

Hooting great horned owls celebrate Valentine’s Day

Beneath a full moon on a cold, winter’s evening, the pair begins its courtship duet. Hoo hoo hoooo hooo hoo, he bellows atop a walnut … Read more ›

Ken Schaefer, an Oakton naturalist and groundskeeper, has worked at the Des Plaines campus for 27 years. He's helped implement major restoration initiatives at the school. (Jennifer Delgado/Tribune)

Oakton naturalist takes nature to a new level

Winter may be the dormant season, but it’s the busiest time of the year for Oakton Community College naturalist and groundskeeper Ken Schaefer. When he’s … Read more ›

Northwestern University professor Neal Blair studies contemporary aspects of the carbon cycle by focusing on how carbon is removed from the atmosphere by plants and stored in soils and sediments. (Photo provided by Neal Blair)
From the community

Science Connections: Analyzing Carbon's Rainbow

In partnership with the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), Science in Society (SiS) will profile four innovators in the area of energy … Read more ›

Early morning fog at Northside Park in Wheaton. (Photo submitted by Joni Eskridge)

Fall Fog wins photo contest

A picture of early morning fog at Northside Park in Wheaton is this week’s TribLocal photo contest winner. As a prize, the author, Joni Eskridge, will … Read more ›

Rose of Sharon bushes are blooming throughout Chicago and the suburbs. (Sheryl DeVore/Tribune)

Rose of Sharon: Late-summer delight

While most trees and shrubs are done blooming for the season, one is showing its profuse flowers now — the Rose of Sharon. The shrub … Read more ›

Bird watchers migration environmentalist endangered

Midsentence, Nan Buckardt stops talking and points excitedly at a canopy of trees, causing five sets of binoculars to swing in the same direction. “Gorgeous, … Read more ›

From the community

5 Ways Going Green Can Add a Little Green to Your Wallet – Almost $250 a Month

Chicago, IL – Celebrating Earth Day by going green can improve the health of our planet and your finances. The Illinois CPA Society offers these … Read more ›

A garter snake smells with its tongue in a Libertyville yard. Photo submitted by Joan Sayre.

Garter snakes: Revere or fear?

The weather has been colder than normal, but that hasn’t kept garter snakes from emerging this spring. Tolerant of cold weather, the garter snake may … Read more ›

The April Environmental Awareness calendar offers a variety of activities and resources to be good stewards of the Earth.
From the community

Be Engaged this Earth Day

Since 1992, the April Environmental Awareness Calendar has provided daily tips and activities to reduce waste. Use these ideas for Earth month and beyond. Additionally, … Read more ›

An American tree sparrow perches on a branch just above a feeding station in Lake County. (Sheryl Devore/TribLocal)

Nature moment of the week: Tree sparrows come from tundra in winter

Not all sparrows are equal – nor do they remain year-round in one place.  When most folks think of sparrows, they’re probably thinking of house … Read more ›