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Nick Tassoni (left) with his father David and Nick’s state-record walleye (ILDNR Photo)
From the community

Teen catches new Illinonis State Record Walleye

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reported this afternoon that a 15 year old boy from Rockford caught a new State Record walleye. On January … Read more ›

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Restoring prairies in the Prairie State

Illinois may be known as the Prairie State, but today only 0.01 percent of the state’s prairies remain. Now, an ambitious plan for Midewin National … Read more ›

McHenry County shows off a leafy coat of many colors Monday, as seen from a hot-air balloon. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / October 14, 2011)

Leaf colors nearing their peak

As the days grow shorter, tree leaves steal the orange glow of the waning sun. Their palette is nearing its peak now, infusing the natural … Read more ›

A female addax antelope less than a week old walks near her mother at Brookfield Zoo in July. (Alex Garcia/ Chicago Tribune)

Zoo animals munch on ComEd trimmings

Animals at Brookfield Zoo are chomping on leaves, twigs and branches that ComEd workers collect after they trim trees and shrubs along power lines. Zoo … 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 ›

Bronwyn Weaver, the Morton Arboteum's new beekeeper, puts on her bee suit to inspect 18 hives of Italian honeybees to determine the right time to collect the honey. She had boosted the number of hives on the property to 50. She and other area beekeepers are looking to propagate the strongest queens to adapt to the parasites, viruses and climate that kills off millions of bees yearly. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / September 3, 2011)

Illinois beekeepers try to winter-proof bees

One day last week, Bronwyn Weaver carefully pulled apart and examined a dozen white wooden beehives near the Morton Arboretum’s prairie, checking to see if … Read more ›

First grade teacher Caryl Witt sits in the outdoor classroom space at Emerson Elementary School in Elmhurst. The acre-plot has three class areas, a frog pond and gardens for prairie plants, butterflies and hummingbirds. (Keri Wiginton, Chicago Tribune / September 5, 2011)

Area schools building outdoor classrooms

Led by a small army of adult volunteers, kids at Grande Park Elementary School in Plainfield transformed a 100-by-100-foot patch of unused land into an … Read more ›

From the community

Conservation Plainfield to host environmental enhancement project at Plainfield Park District’s Mather Woods

Conservation Plainfield will host an enhancement project at the Plainfield Park District’s Mather Woods on Saturday, June 25. The event will take place from 8:30 … Read more ›

From the community

Volunteers Sought for Plainfield’s DuPage River Sweep May 21st

Plainfield, IL — The annual DuPage River Sweep is coming soon! Individuals, families, scout groups, and other organizations are invited to register for this fun … 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 ›