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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 ›

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 ›

Cook County Forest Preserve wants to borrow $70 million

The Cook County Forest Preserve District moved ahead Wednesday with a plan to borrow up to $70 million to buy land and make repairs to … 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 ›

Duck eggs sit behind Do It Best Hardware in downtown Northbrook. (Jeff Danna, Tribune reporter)

Duck’s nest an annual sign of spring at Northbrook hardware store

It wasn’t the Easter bunny that recently left a bunch of eggs behind Do It Best Hardware in downtown Northbrook. It was a duck. The … Read more ›

State parks could charge admission fees, under legislation the Illinois House passed

Visitors to Illinois state parks would face admission fees for the first time under legislation the Illinois House passed Monday. The bill would allow the … 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 ›

Mary Lou Mellon
From the community

Bird Woman Untangles Problem, Gets "Academy Award of Nature"

Grassroots Conservation Leadership Award bestowed by Audubon Chicago Region and the Chicago Wilderness Habitat Project Northbrook's Mary Lou Mellon has been nominated for a 2012 … Read more ›