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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 ›

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 ›

Black-legged ticks like this female work their way up the mammal chain as they evolve, until they can suck blood -- and possibly transmit pathogents -- to humans and their pets. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / April 2, 2012)

Warm weather has ticks out earlier than normal this year

The drawback to our mild winter and early, unusually warm spring is that ticks — those tiny, potentially dangerous creatures — have come out early. … Read more ›

Young animals that seem to be abandoned, such as this nest of bunnies, most likely have parents that will return to care for them.
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Willowbrook Wildlife Center Reminds Residents That It's Baby Animal Season

Spring is breeding time for many DuPage County animal species. The staff and volunteers at Willowbrook Wildlife Center, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s … Read more ›

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Boat Rentals at Two Forest Preserve Lakes

Visitors to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville and Herrick Lake at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve … Read more ›

Early repairs will smooth trail surfaces for all visitors to enjoy.
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District Springs Into Action for Early Trail Repairs

The area’s summerlike weather has brought scores of visitors with cabin fever to DuPage County’s forest preserves — and to some rather rough forest preserve … Read more ›

The warm winter has been kind to this squirrel, which reaches for a bud on a small branch at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook Monday. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / March 12, 2012)

Unseasonably warm March proves a mixed bag for animals, plants

Ecologist Steve Sullivan was trolling for voles recently when he noticed something quite unusual: Swarms of flies buzzing about the Chicago area, in winter. But … 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 ›

Mike Iaconelli with two big tournament bass.   Photo by BASS and Rob Russow
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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 ›

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Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: Feb. 13 – 19

For more information on the many programs and places of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, call 630-933-7200, or visit dupageforest.org. Monday, Feb. 13Courting … Read more ›