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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 ›

A variety of berries can be found at the local farmers market. (Heather Leszczewicz/TribLocal)

Oak Park gearing up for farmer’s market season

Oak Park’s annual farmer’s market season kicks off this Saturday, and the market’s new manager said they’re in a “mad rush” this week to make … Read more ›

Two boys run through the new boulder climbing area at Taylor Park on Thursday. (Bridget Doyle/TribLocal photo)

Taylor Park renovations reveal climbing boulders, wetlands

Oak Park’s latest green space to undergo renovations recently celebrated a reopening, now boasting a new ADA-accessible playground, a wetlands wildlife area, updated tennis courts … Read more › 1 comment

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 ›

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 ›

Ferrara Pan Candy, Farley’s & Sathers in sales talks

Crain’s reports: Ferrara, a Forest Park-based confectioner known for its Lemonheads and Atomic Fireballs, would sell a majority stake of the $400 million company to … Read more ›

Mike Iaconelli with two big tournament bass.   Photo by BASS and Rob Russow
From the community

Is it Ike’s turn?

After a year of fishing in a variety of tournaments across the nation, 49 of the best anglers will finally compete in the 2012 Bassmaster … Read more ›

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 ›

We could see northern lights tonight, thanks to solar flare

For the second time in just three months, people in the Chicago area have a shot at seeing the northern lights this evening. That’s because … Read more ›