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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 ›

Zebra mussels are an aquatic invasives species that has been problematic in the Great Lakes region since the 1990's.  (Photo from WI IDNR)
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Aquatic Invasive Species Found at a Lake Near You

Asian carp. Zebra and quagga mussels. Brazilian elodea and Eurasian watermilfoil. Their names read like a list of recent headlines. All of these aquatic animals … Read more ›

Mother Goose and her chicks.
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Mother Goose

A mother Canada goose marches ahead of her chicks along a branch of the Chicago River. 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 ›

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 ›

David Textly of Fort McCoy, WI presenting about integrated pest management of Leafy Spurge at the Invasive Plant Management Workshop hosted at the Chicago Botanic Garden in February of 2010. This workshop was attended by 200 land-managers, volunteer stewards, landscapers, right-of-way managers, and scientists.
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Regional Plant Partnership to Host Workshop on Invasive Plants

Want to learn more about regional invasive plants-what they are and how they can be controlled? If you are available on Tuesday, May 8th, then … Read more ›