Nature's Storytellers

A Blog About Nature in Our DuPage Forest Preserves

Relocating Fish to a New Spring Brook

on 9/14/20 11:50 AM By | Scott Meister | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Wildlife Conservation Nature
Restoration of Spring Brook as it flows through Blackwell Forest Preserve includes building a new stream channel and removing a dam to provide better habitat and a gentler slope to allow fish to swim upstream.
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Bee Informed About Native Bees

on 9/9/20 1:16 PM By | Keriann Dubina | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Wildlife Conservation Nature native plant
Did you know Illinois is home to more than 500 species of native bees?
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Walking in the Rain

Have you ever planned a hiking trip at a DuPage forest preserve, only to find out that the sunny nice day you were planning has turned into a grey, rainy day?
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Blanding's Yearlings Released in DuPage Preserves

With perpetual smiles on their faces, Blanding’s turtle yearlings raised by DuPage Forest Preserve District partners were recently released in DuPage forest preserves.
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Keep Away! Hogweed, Hemlock and Parsnip

Many plants have amazing adaptations that protect them from being eaten or destroyed by other organisms. That’s good for them but can be bad for people who come in contact with them.
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Five Ways to Relax in DuPage Forest Preserves

With all that’s happening in the world this year, it helps to find ways to take time for ourselves and relax. And it’s good for you!
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High-Flying Chimney Swifts

on 8/13/20 11:59 AM By | Keriann Dubina | 0 Comments | Natural resources Wildlife Conservation Nature
Have you ever seen something fluttering in the air that looks like a cigar with wings? Is it a bat? Is it a bird? It’s likely a chimney swift.
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A Decade of Studying the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly

on 8/11/20 4:06 PM By | Tom Velat | 0 Comments | Insider Health and wellness Wildlife Nature
Populations of the Baltimore checkerspot butterfly have grown from little more than 100 to 2,000 in the 10 years DuPage Forest Preserve District ecologists have been studying, nurturing and protecting the rare butterfly.
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Barred Owl Soars to Freedom with Help from Willowbrook

A barred owl injured after being struck by a vehicle was one of many birds released on a recent sunny day at McDowell Grove Forest Preserve after being treated at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.
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Get Hooked on Fishing

A lot of people are looking for fun things to do outdoors close to home. If you haven’t already, why not try fishing?
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Red Fox Finds Freedom After Treatment at Willowbrook

A red fox treated at Willowbrook Wildlife Center for mange regained his freedom after being released recently at McDowell Grove Forest Preserve in Naperville.
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Wildlife Myths: Can Frogs Give You Warts?

on 7/27/20 2:24 PM By | Abby Dean | 0 Comments | Insider Wildlife Nature
Many of us have been discouraged from getting a closer look at a frog by someone claiming that handling a frog can give you warts.
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Attracting Swallowtails to Your Garden

on 7/22/20 1:54 PM By | Abby Dean | 0 Comments | Insider Plants Wildlife Nature native plant Native Plant Sale
Swallowtail butterflies are some of the largest, showiest butterflies found in Illinois. A visit from one in your garden is always a welcome delight.
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Where the Native Wild Things Are

Somewhere, in a relatively small section of Blackwell Forest Preserve nestled along Mack Road, lies a special place where native plants grow.
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Show Some Loving for Opossums

on 7/15/20 3:13 PM By | Jennifer Rydzewski | 0 Comments | Insider Wildlife Nature
The Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) probably won’t win any popularity contests based on its looks.
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Do Only Female Mosquitoes Bite?

on 7/8/20 9:57 AM By | Abby Dean | 0 Comments | Insider Health and wellness Wildlife Nature
Many people are surprised to learn that only female mosquitos bite animals and humans.
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Spawning Time for Sunfish

on 7/1/20 3:52 PM By | Keriann Dubina | 0 Comments | Insider Wildlife Nature fish
Much like birds, sunfish like bluegill and bass are busy building nests in DuPage forest lakes in preparation for their growing families.
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A Big Day

Many DuPage County birdwatchers participate in a “Birding Big Day,” where they try to observe as many species of birds as possible in one day within a determined geographical location.
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The Power of Pollinators

“Nature is to be found in her entirety nowhere more than in her smallest creatures.” ~ Pliny the Elder
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Celebrate the Summer Solstice

on 6/15/20 10:15 AM By | Dave Andrusyk | 0 Comments | Insider Wildlife Conservation Nature
If you want to make the most of your time in DuPage forest preserves, mark your calendar for Saturday, June 20, 2020.
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