We're Nature's Storytellers

A Blog About Nature in Our DuPage Forest Preserves

Making Friends in the Birding Circle

The start of spring welcomes thousands of migrating birds through the DuPage forest preserves and greater Chicago area. It’s also the season for birding enthusiasts to get outdoors to take in the beloved sport of birding. 
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Solutions to Common Garden Challenges

on 4/16/18 10:06 AM By | Jennifer Rydzewski | 0 Comments | Insider Natural resources Plants Wildlife Conservation
Gardening with native plants has many rewards, but it can also pose some challenges. The beautiful flowers may attract pollinators, but they may also attract unwanted critters, like rabbits that eat your phlox or squirrels that dig up your bluebells.
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Forest Fave: Fullersburg Woods and Graue Mill

Visitors expect to encounter nature and native wildlife at DuPage forest preserves, but it’s a bonus to experience history firsthand as well. Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook does just that with its Graue Mill and Museum, located in the southern corner of the preserve. The historic waterwheel gristmill open for the 2018 season on April 17. It closes for the season in mid-November with its finale “Christmas at the Mill” holiday boutique.
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Ribbit! April is National Frog Month

Celebrate National Frog Month in April by getting to know some of the frogs and toads of DuPage County. Amphibians are excellent biological indicators of the wider health of ecosystems. Now is a great time to stop and listen for the true harbingers of spring, and discover the magic of the amphibians. 
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Sun, Part Sun or Shade?

on 4/3/18 11:14 AM By | Dave Andrusyk | 0 Comments | Insider Natural resources Plants Conservation
It’s a perennial question that comes up every planting season: Does it really matter if you plant a full-sun plant in the shade or a shade plant in a sunny spot? Well, it does if you want them to thrive. 
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Spring's Nature Reads for Our Natural World Book Club

Banner image by Sam Greenhalgh/CC BY 2.0 Spring wildflowers are starting to pop up, that chilly winter breeze is dying down, and buds are appearing on our trees. As excitement grows for spring in our preserves, The "Natural World Book Club" at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center is eager to announce its next three reads.
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Reunited and It Feels So Good

March winds can be fierce and the days blustery! It's no wonder, then, our wild, woolied and feathered often take tumbles from treetop nests this time of year.
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Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard

on 3/20/18 10:10 AM By | Keriann Dubina | 0 Comments | Insider Natural resources Plants Wildlife Conservation
When people ask me how to attract birds, bees and butterflies to their backyard, my answer always begins with planting native plants. What do I mean by native plants? A plant is considered native if it has existed in an area or habitat and was not introduced by humans. Native plants have formed symbiotic relationships with native wildlife for thousands of years and, in turn, offer the best habitat. Adding native plants can help make your yard a great place for wildlife!
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Reasons to Go Native with Landscaping

on 3/14/18 9:45 AM By | Abby Dean | 0 Comments | Insider Natural resources Plants Conservation
As the days grow longer and the temperatures grow warmer, you may be thinking about your how you would like to landscape your garden this growing season. This is the perfect time to consider incorporating native plants into your landscape. 
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American Woodcock's Wondrous Sky Dance

One of the earliest signs of spring is the American Woodcock’s mating dance. Also known as timberdoodles, American Woodcocks return from southern states in mid-March to establish territories and begin breeding. 
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