Fall 2018 Conservationist

News & Notes

Work on the West Branch at Mallard Lake


In July the Forest Preserve District began to restore a half mile of the West Branch DuPage River through Mallard Lake.

The river runs along the east, west and south sides of the now-closed 30-acre landfill on the north side of the preserve, but at one time it flowed through the middle of the site. Authorities rerouted it in the 1960s to create room for landfill operations, creating a straighter, deeply channelized waterway in the process.

Over time and unimpeded by the shallower twists and turns of a natural river, fast-moving stormwaters eroded the banks, putting nearby landfill-related infrastructure at risk. By returning bends, pools and riffles, the Forest Preserve District will not only safeguard monitors and other equipment but also improve water quality and underwater habitat, a plus for wildlife that relies on the river for food and shelter.

The fully funded project will cost $2,474,500 and should be substantially completed by the end of 2019 without the need to close trails or other areas. Over the following five to six years, the District will then focus on establishing native vegetation along the riverbank.


Because Deer Don't Look Both Ways


A deer can run in front of your car at any time, but the risk goes up during the fall breeding season, when these animals have one thing on their minds: finding mates. Your odds are even higher on roads along woods, fields, fencerows and waterways, so stay alert.

  • Be extremely careful at dawn and dusk, when deer are most active and visibility is poor.
  • Watch for deer-crossing signs, which tell you when you’re in an area that’s had a number of accidents.
  • Slow down when approaching deer. They may bolt or quickly change direction without warning.
  • Deer often travel in groups, so if you see one there are likely more.
  • Don’t swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid deer. Slow to a stop and wait. Flash your headlights to encourage the animals to move.
  • If you hit a deer, don’t move it. Instead, call local law enforcement for help. Image iStock.com/mandj98


Get Your Paws on Your 2019 Permits


2019 annual permits for off-leash dog areas, private boating and model crafts go on sale Dec. 1 under “Registration & Permits.” They’ll also be available at Forest Preserve District headquarters, 3S580 Naperville Road in Wheaton, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. And new this fall, dog lovers can buy off-leash permits at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook, Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. –1 p.m.

Questions? Call Visitor Services weekdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 630-933-7248. Image iStock.com/goja1


Give the Gift of Exclusive Forest Preserve Fun


Start planning now for your end-of-the-year gift giving (and next year’s tax season) by donating to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose fundraising efforts help the Forest Preserve District manage the county’s prairies, woodlands and wetlands and offer educational and recreational activities.

With a tax-deductible contribution of $100 or more, you or that special someone on your holiday shopping list will become a part of the Friends’ Ambassadors Circle, which offers exclusive recognition, updates and invitations to forest preserve programs, experiences and receptions.

To make your donation, click “Donate” or call 630-933-7097.


Many Thanks


The Forest Preserve District thanks the donors who contributed to its efforts between May 14 and Aug. 12. To learn how contributions of financial support can benefit the District, visit dupageforest.org/donate.

To give to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraising arm of the District, visit dupageforestgiving.org/donate/designated-gifts.

Gifts of Note
The Estate of Ellen Watt $10,000 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center
Gary Montgomery and Judy Susarrey-Montgomery $1,500 — Mayslake Peabody Estate and Mayslake Hall staircase restorations

Gifts of Note to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District
REI $6,000 — Night Heron Trail restoration at Fullersburg Woods
ComEd $5,000 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center
Fritz Karwoski $1,500 — Belleau Woods restoration project
Exelon $1,000 — Volunteer Services
Friends of Bryan Falconer $1,000 – Tribute bench at Herrick Lake in memory of Bryan Falconer
Mary Ann Mahoney $1,000 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center
Pro-Pak Industries Inc. $1,000 — Greatest Needs
Ranch Spur Charitable Trust $1,000 — Greatest Needs
Jennifer Martyn $900 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center and Natural Resources
PowerForward DuPage $900 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center and Natural Resources
Ray and Louise Vogt $800 — Greatest Needs
Cheryl Clark $500 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center in memory of Sharon Heberling
Irene McMaster $500 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center
Carol O’Neal $500 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center
Rotary Club of Elmhurst $500 — Adopt a Blanding’s Turtle