Nature's Storytellers

A Blog About Nature in Our DuPage Forest Preserves

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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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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Pelican Reunited with Birds of the Same Feather

An injured American white pelican is back on track to fly south with its feathered friends after being treated at Willowbrook Wildlife Center and released near a flock of pelicans on the Des Plaines River in Will County.
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Scientists Search for Clues to Grassland Bird Habitats

More than a dozen ecologists from local conservation agencies toured the 1,800-acre Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve in Naperville recently to explore and learn more about the high-quality grassland habitat that has been transformed into a birder’s paradise by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.
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Great Horned Owl Returned to its Home at Kline Creek Farm

Duane Marski was walking the grounds of Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago recently when he noticed a large bird walking on a back road near the orchards.
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Celebrate the Oak with Fun OAKtober Programs

At the forest preserve, we love oaks. So we’re having a month-long celebration of oak trees and the things that make them great.
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Bald Eagle Reunited with its Family

A female bald eagle was returned to her home and family after 21 days of TLC at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center.
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Blanding's Hatchlings Raised by Shedd Aquarium Released in DuPage Preserves

Like proud new parents, staff from the Shedd Aquarium released 23 Blanding’s turtle hatchlings in DuPage forest preserves this week.
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Help Wanted: Pollen Patrol

Summer is a busy time in DuPage County, but many of the area’s busiest residents are so small they almost go unnoticed, even though they’re performing one of the most important jobs on the planet.
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Feeding Habits of Daring Dragonflies

Dragonflies – while the origin of their name is a mystery, it is an appropriate description of these voracious predators. Both the aquatic nymphs and the flying adults are some of the largest and most aggressive insect hunters in the world.
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Birds of a Feather

While out birding at Blackwell Forest Preserve the other day, a very curious pair of trail users caught up to me and inquired about all the brown ducks on the water. What species were they? Where were all the mallards?
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Help Wanted Spotting Rare Bumble Bee

In ecology, timing is everything. While some organisms can be easily found through much of the growing season, others can only be seen for a short time and have peak viewing times of the year.
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A Perfect Day in the Life of an Aquatic Biologist

In early June three staff from the Forest Preserve District’s Urban Stream Research Center in Warrenville made an exciting discovery while preparing for a stream restoration project at Blackwell Forest Preserve.
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A Fish Tale to Remember

By David Koldoff I’m a fisherman and I’m not lying when I tell you: There’s a 42-inch northern pike lurking in Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville!
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Taking Time to Remember our Wildlife

on 6/24/19 3:13 PM By | Krystle Piwowar | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Wildlife Nature
When you join the Willowbrook Wildlife Center family of staff and volunteers, you sign on to the commitment and service that goes with providing animal care to injured and orphaned native wildlife.
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If Trees Could Talk

Think of your favorite wildlife — white-tailed deer, woodpeckers, white-footed mice, nuthatches, owls, squirrels. In one way or another they all depend on oak trees for food or shelter. That’s why oaks have been an important part of a decade-long look at the trees that live in DuPage County’s forest preserves.
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Willowbrook Baby Season: Raccoons

on 6/4/19 12:57 PM By | Krystle Piwowar | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Wildlife Nature Rehabilitation
Raccoons have adapted well to living around us. They can have litters in the spring and fall, so it’s common to run across baby raccoons this time of year.
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