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This Birder Loves the Peace and Quiet

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.  

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Lasting Legacy: Joan Patricia Murphy

The contributions made by Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy to the Forest Preserves of Cook County will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for many years to come.

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This Birder Has Learned A Lot

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.

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This Birder Likes to Travel

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.

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Remodeled General Headquarters Provides New Amenities, Direct Access to Permits

Visitors of the Forest Preserves of Cook County General Headquarters at Cummings Square now have direct access to the Permits, Rentals and Concessions area thanks to a recent remodel. In addition to better access, the remodel provides a new lobby with an accessible entrance, an elevator and reception area for visitors. Exterior improvements include updated wayfinding signs, landscaping and paving for visitors.

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Celebrate Public Land with a Party for the Preserves

On Saturday, September 24, the Forest Preserves of Cook County is throwing a party and everyone is invited! Join us as we celebrate our nearly 70,000 acres of public land on National Public Lands Day with our first Party for the Preserves.   At each of our five new and revitalized campgrounds, visitors of all ages can enjoy a myriad of activities. Each campground’s party is a different theme, and will include the opportunity to purchase dinner packages or camp and dinner packages.

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Join in on FPCC’s National Public Lands Day Celebration

Throughout Cook County, residents and visitors are surrounded by thousands of acres of public land – nearly 70,000 acres to be exact. Our county is the most diverse in Illinois, and includes different habitats such as prairies, forest woodlands, savanna and wetlands. A vast amount of native and migrating animals can be spotted throughout the Preserves, as well as an abundance of rare plant species.

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Black-capped Chickadees Like to Flock

Black-capped Chickadees are social

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Fifth Annual Forest Preserves Photo Contest

Accepting submissions September 1 -15, 2016!   It’s that time of year again! We’re looking for your very best photos of Forest Preserves landscapes, close-ups of plants, insects, birds and other wildlife, pictures that highlight the seasons and shots of people enjoying the outdoors or participating in our recreational offerings.   This year’s winning photos will be showcased in the 2017 Forest Preserves of Cook County Wall Calendar, on FPDCC.com, on Forest Preserves social media accounts, in an exhibit displayed at the Cook County Building in downtown Chicago and in various suburban courthouses. Each winning photographer will also receive 10 copies of the calendar as well as a Forest Preserves prize package.

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Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps Teaches, Inspires Youth

Three years ago, Lance Williams was looking for an opportunity to try something new. As a 15-year-old with an interest and curiosity about nature, Lance found that opportunity by becoming a crew member with the Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps. Today, Lance has moved up to the role of Apprentice Crew Leader, and his initial interest has since transformed into a passion guiding future plans and goals.

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Celebrating One Hundred Years of Conserving Birds

Every spring and fall a natural wonder of wildlife migration takes place quietly overhead in the dark, unseen by most people.  Millions of small colorful songbirds and interesting birds of all shapes and sizes wing their way between Canada or the northern United States and countries further south, from Mexico through the Caribbean and Central America.  Some fly all the way to the tip of South America.  At daybreak these birds passing overhead will land and find themselves in our neighborhoods and preserves. They are hungry and exhausted, and are looking for trees, shrubs and plants to provide them with insects and berries to refuel, as well as shelter for resting before they resume their long-distance journeys.

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Enjoy End of Summer in the Forest Preserves

Though summer will soon be winding down and children will be heading back to school, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the season in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Throughout the County, families and individuals can participate in a wide variety of activities and special events.

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Try This! End of Summer Archery & Hike

Looking to try something new before the end of summer? Check out the End of Summer Archery & Hike event, taking place from 5 to 7 pm on Tuesday, August 30 at Eggers Woods. The event invites attendees to explore the trails around Eggers Woods during a staff-led hike, followed by a hands-on archery workshop.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are Intense Flyers

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are masters of flight

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That Off-Beaten Path is Closer Than You Think

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is home to more than 300 miles of paved and unpaved trails used for walking, running, hiking, biking and even horseback riding. Residents and visitors are closer than they think to an “off-beaten” path.

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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County