Nature's Storytellers

A Blog About Nature in Our DuPage Forest Preserves

When Waterfowl Run Afoul with Nests

on 4/1/20 4:08 PM By | Leigh Korreck | 0 Comments | Insider Conservation Nature Rehabilitation
Every spring and summer, Willowbrook Wildlife Center admits hundreds of orphaned young birds. We give as much care as is humanly possible, but the best parent for a bird is always a bird.
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DuPage Forest Preserve District's Wonder Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’d like to tip our hat to the women who work at the DuPage Forest Preserve District.
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Willowbrook Staff Reunite Owl Family

A great horned owlet was reunited with its family in a North Aurora tree after it fell out of its nest.
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Restoring a Creek's Meander

on 3/18/20 4:19 PM By | Scott Meister | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Trails Natural resources Plants Wildlife Nature
For many years, Spring Brook — as it flows through Blackwell Forest Preserve — has been channelized. That is, water flowed within a straight, narrow channel, which led to erosion along the streambanks.
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Turning to Nature in a Time of Turmoil

Many of us are staying in our homes as the COVID-19 global pandemic has led to quarantines, closures and social distancing.
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Women's Vote Helped Win the Case for DuPage Forest Preserves

on 3/9/20 3:12 PM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider Locations
Women played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County nearly 105 years ago.
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Donors' Gift Brings Horses to Danada Equestrian Center

Danada Equestrian Center recently welcomed two new additions to the herd, Percheron-quarter horses named Daisy (age 6) and Babe (age 5). The two mares’ arrival to the center were made possible by a generous $10,000 gift from Danada volunteer Jan Yong and husband Jack to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, a 501(c)(3).
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Spring is in the Air

March ushers in the official start of spring, and soon you’ll begin seeing signs of it everywhere. Once the snow melts, you may even be able to smell it as the ground starts to thaw to welcome early blooming wildflowers like spring beauties.
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Kline Creek Farm Welcomes Cotswold Sheep into Fold

on 2/26/20 9:02 AM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider Locations
The first Cotswold longwool lambs are being born at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago, after the 1890s living history farm welcomed five ewes and a ram into its fold last fall.
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Get Healthy With Forest Therapy

on 2/20/20 10:19 AM By | Abby Dean | 0 Comments | Insider Health and wellness Recreation Take 5 Conservation Nature
Looking for new ways to improve wellness and promote relaxation this winter? Try forest therapy! Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, forest therapy involves taking in the atmosphere of the forest. Translated as "forest bath," shinrin-yoku does not refer to actual bathing. Instead of submerging in water, forest bathers soak up the atmosphere of the forest. 
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Have Coin, Will Travel

on 2/11/20 1:58 PM By | Jennifer Rydzewski | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Recreation Group
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
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Rare Northern Goshawk Released from Willowbrook

A spirited juvenile northern goshawk eagerly regained its freedom Thursday after being nursed back to health at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.
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We've Got the Cure for Cabin Fever

Are you done with this weather? Are you fed up with being cooped up? Are you keeping a mental tally of how many days it's been since you've seen the sun, or have you started a countdown calendar to spring? It sounds like you've got a classic case of cabin fever! 
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District Rolls Out New Electric Vehicles

The DuPage Forest Preserve District is looking to add up to four more electric and hybrid vehicles to its award-winning fleet this year, after having much success with two electric vehicles added in 2019.
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Release Your Inner Hippie

Birkenstocks are back in style. Essential oils are all the rage. And “living green” is basically “the new black.”
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Home for the Owl-idays

Thanks to the dedicated staff at the Forest Preserve District’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, a now-healthy short-eared owl has made its way back home in the wild in time for the owl-idays. (Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves with that one! What a hoot!)
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Birding in Blustery Winter Pays Off

Savvy birders know that the coldest months can be some of the hottest times for backyard birding. You can attract birds to your yard by providing them with food, water and shelter. But what if you can’t do that and still want to birdwatch?
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Christmas Traditions

on 12/10/19 10:41 AM By | Dennis Buck | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Take 5
For centuries, many cultures have decorated their homes and temples with evergreen boughs as symbols of life and renewal. Even so, the Christmas tree is an instantly recognizable symbol of the Christmas holiday itself. 
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Be-leaf-ing

Autumn is a time to enjoy the crispness of the weather and the colors of the trees. The yellow, red and orange colors of the oaks, maples and hickories paint a beautiful landscape, making this time of year an experience in art.
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Sandhill Cranes Overhead!

What is that loud, bugling call high in the sky? It's sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis) on their fall migration!
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