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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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Make Memories Close to Home in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

The Forest Preserves of Cook County have everything residents and visitors need to spend time outdoors and make memories with family and friends close to home. With camping, a rock-climbing wall and activity barn, swimming, a zip line and treetop adventure course, free programming at six Nature Centers and more, the Forest Preserves of Cook County are alive with activities for area residents of all ages.

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Recently Spotted In The Forest Preserves

With acres and acres of diverse habitat, the Forest Preserves of Cook County is home to numerous animals.

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Six Ways To Spend The Day Exploring Bemis Woods

Many of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s sites provide plenty of different activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy a full day of fun and exploration.

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Osprey Have a Good Grip on Things

A diet of almost exclusively live fish means manipulating slippery prey on the fly:

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New Amenities Mean New Ways To Experience the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Within the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s nearly 70,000 acres, residents can enjoy a multitude of activities. From outdoor recreation and healthy living, volunteer opportunities to environmental education, the Forest Preserves has something for everyone.

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Try This! Kids’ Fest Offers Plenty of Fun For Families

What does it mean when fishing, hiking, canoeing, archery, rock climbing and more are all available on the same day? It means it’s time for the annual Kids’ Fest at Wampum Lake!

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ICYMI: New Pavilion, Stairs Now Open at Swallow Cliff

What’s better than a 125-step limestone stair set climbing Swallow Cliff’s 100-foot bluff? A second stair set with an additional 168 steps and a pavilion/café offering healthy snacks.

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