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Reconnect with the Forest Preserves this spring

April is a great month for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Spring has finally sprung, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and warmer days will follow soon. April is also when we celebrate Earth Day and the many beautiful gifts given to us by Mother Nature.

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Centennial Volunteers Initiative Expands to Four New Sites

Though the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Centennial Celebration ended in 2015, the impact of the 100-year milestone continues through the Centennial Volunteers legacy initiative.

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Celebrate Earth Day in the Forest Preserves

There are numerous special days held throughout the year that are important to us all. People celebrate birthdays, parents, cultures, influential people, countless holidays and more. Though what we celebrate may depend on a variety of things, including in which part of the world we live, one thing remains constant – we are all residents of Earth. It only makes sense to celebrate our planet, as well!

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Evidence of Alien Life Found in Forest Preserves of Cook County

New Cook County resident Oscar Nuskin reported the initial sighting earlier this week after a hike through Forest Glen Woods with his family. “All of the sudden the woods got extremely dark and we weren’t seeing any of the usual plants and animals… just this thing. Its thorny arms seemed to be everywhere… it grabbed my son for a second,” Nuskin explained in his official report of the encounter.

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FPCC, Chicago Zoological Society Study Illinois Badger

With their night-time travel habits and proximity to the ground, badgers are often hard to spot, which makes studying this predator a complicated endeavor.

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Trailside’s Birdhouse Contest Now Open

Welcome to Trailside Museum's 2016 Birdhouse Building contest!   The purpose of this contest is to highlight the need for nesting sites for birds and showcase your creative building skills. Houses will be built by registered participants, displayed throughout the summer and voted on by visitors. Prizes will be awarded.

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Spring’s Arrival Means Migrating Birds, Maple Syrup

By this time of year, many of us are patiently awaiting spring’s arrival. Days are becoming longer and warmer, snow will soon melt. Flowers will begin to bloom and migrating birds will appear throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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Eight interesting facts about salamanders

Within the boundaries of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, residents and visitors can experience a vast array of habitats, including forest woodlands, wetlands, prairie and savanna. In addition to providing visitors and residents with outdoor recreation, nature and volunteer opportunities, the Forest Preserves serve another vital role: offering the habitats necessary for numerous different species of plants and wildlife to thrive.   One of the many interesting species found in the Forest Preserves are salamanders. Below are some facts on why salamanders are so intriguing:

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Timberdoodles Have Moves

Just after dusk in late March and early April, the male timberdoodle (or American woodcock) performs a strange mating ritual.

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Maple Syrup: A Sweet Sign of Spring

By the end of February, many Chicagoland residents may be daydreaming of warmer weather, shedding their big winter jackets, opening windows to let a cool breeze to flow in, and looking upward to allow the sun to shine on their faces. However, as many of us have experienced, Mother Nature often has other plans this time of year.   While it may be easy to become anxious after experiencing a nice day only to be unwillingly thrust back into wintry weather, it’s important to know that freezing conditions, as well as the ever-fluctuating temperatures, have many benefits. For pancake and waffle lovers, a major benefit of swaying temperatures is sweet, delicious maple syrup.

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Adopt Your Favorite Forest Preserves Site

The Forest Preserves of Cook County are home to nearly 70,000 acres of diverse habitats, miles and miles of trails and waterways, hundreds of groves, and so much more. While some Forest Preserves visitors frequent many different locations, many sites become favored sites. If a site has become your go-to spot for a day of relaxation and outdoor play, consider becoming an Adopt-A-Site volunteer.

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Spring Brochure Now Available

As days grow longer and signs of spring’s imminent arrival begin appearing, residents and visitors will find an abundance of ways to enjoy the season in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Our Spring Brochure is brimming with exciting events and programs.

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2016 Big Year Competition

Explore a preserve, make new friends and experience what birding is all about

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FPCC Police Sergeant Recognized with Leadership Award

As with any workplace, investing in employees is essential to the overall success of the organization. That’s why the Forest Preserves of Cook County Law Enforcement Department selected Sgt. Alvina Ponder as their first student to enroll in the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety's School of Police Staff and Command course.

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Photo Contest Winners Recognized by Board of Commissioners

Photo contest winners for the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s 2016 Calendar were invited to attend the January Board of Commissioners meeting, where they received a formal resolution commending them for their participation.

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