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Permit Sales Begin Jan. 3

Online and in-person permit sales for 2017 will begin at 8 am on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Visitors can apply for permits in person at the Forest Preserves General Headquarters, located at 536 N. Harlem in River Forest. The entrance to the parking lot is one block west of Harlem, off of Bonnie Brae. Remember: You can save time by booking online at fpdcc.com/permits.

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Winter Best Time to Start Large-Scale Restoration Projects

While most people want to stay indoors wrapped up in cozy blankets and sipping hot chocolate during the cold winter months, the Forest Preserves of Cook County prefers to be outside beginning large-scale restoration projects.   According to Troy Showerman, resource project manager for the Forest Preserves, there are two main reasons winter is a great time to begin restoration projects.

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How Does Cook County Wildlife Prepare For, Handle Winter?

When people think of animals and winter, a common scenario comes to mind: a bear hunkering down and sleeping the colder days away, re-emerging in spring well-rested and ready for the new season. And while some of Cook County’s mammals do hibernate through winter, the Forest Preserves is home to an abundance of wildlife, including mammals, fish and herps, each of which prepare for and react to winter differently.

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Public Invited to Participate in 117-Year-Old Holiday Tradition

Between the hustle and bustle of year-end holiday traditions enjoyed with family and friends, consider trying a new way to celebrate this magical time of year – the 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count! This more-than-a-century-old free event will be hosted between December 14 and January 5, and birders of all skill levels are invited to join in.

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Forest Preserve Foundation Heads into 2017 with Fresh Logo, Messaging

The Forest Preserve Foundation is closing 2016 on a high note. Over the past 12 months, it began to implement its first strategic plan while elevating its visibility and brand with a new logo and strong messaging campaign developed by a pro bono creative team at Leo Burnett.

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Winter is Coming

Throughout Chicagoland, residents are preparing for winter. Parents are making sure children have gloves and hats, municipalities are ensuring the salt trucks are ready and homeowners are pulling out their shovels.

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Agencies, Conservation Corps, Volunteers Partner to Restore FPCC’s Palos Region

The Palos region is the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s largest contiguous area, with more than 14,000 acres of land. Within its boundaries, visitors will see a diversity of habitats, including wetlands, woodlands and prairies; a variety of plants, and abundant wildlife. There are also a number of special points of interest within the Palos region, including the Swallow Cliff stairs, two Nature Centers, Camp Bullfrog Lake, Saganashkee Slough and more.   With so much land, effective management often begins with partnerships, both with other organizations and dedicated volunteers. Fortunately, the Palos region is benefiting from both.

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Try This! Settlers’ Day

Each November, visitors of Sand Ridge Nature Center can experience the history of the founding and development of our country during the Annual Settlers’ Day event.

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FPCC, ISAS and The Field Museum to Host Cultural History Forum

During a free forum, "The Cultural History of the Forest Preserves: Prehistoric Villages to Contemporary Communities," at The Field Museum on Saturday, November 5, attendees will discover what the Forest Preserves’ archaeological sites can tell us about the region’s past, how it’s shaped our present, and what we must do to protect it in the future.

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Learn About Area’s Cultural History

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is bustling with activity throughout November, and with fall’s unseasonably warm weather, now is a beautiful time to visit your favorite preserve. Hikes along our trails will feature a palette of warm autumn hues, and our six Nature Centers are offering educational programs on how nature is preparing for winter and seasonal birds.

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Prescribed Burns Help Natural Areas Thrive

Prescribed burning, done each spring and fall, is an important management tool for natural areas which mimics wildfires that our native prairies and woodlands have adapted to over millennia. Fire and heat suppress woody vegetation and invasive species, which has allowed vast acreages of both tall and short grass prairies and savannas in the pre-settlement Midwest to flourish.

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Eastern Screech Owls are Very Flexible

Eastern screech owls are not picky

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This Birder Started at a Young Age

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 Combines Volunteerism with Birding

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 Has Seen a lot of Unexpected Things

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