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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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Opening the doors to the Forest Preserves

Driving throughout Cook County, you’ve likely become familiar with the red and white signs indicating Forest Preserves property. They’re found on corners, at parking lot entrances, at FPCC buildings and other places throughout the preserves.  But what do those signs mean, and what do the sites actually offer residents and visitors?

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Citizen scientists help gather important data in the Forest Preserves

Volunteers for the Forest Preserves of Cook County are a vital element to the health and wellness of the preserves, and contribute in numerous ways – by becoming part of the Trail Watch program, participating in restoration work days, adopting a site for litter clean up, and by becoming a monitor.

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Celebrate Charles Darwin’s Birthday with Education, Exploration

Trailside Museum of Natural History is hosting a weekend-long birthday celebration, and everyone is invited! Join us as we celebrate scientist and naturalist Charles Darwin during Darwin Celebration Days February 13-14.

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Feeling the love for the Forest Preserves

February, the month of Valentine’s Day, is commonly associated with feelings of love and appreciation toward special people in our lives. Whether it be a parent, child, friend, spouse or significant other, many people enjoy taking advantage of the opportunity to show their affection this month. But what about those special places in our lives?

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Red-tailed hawks soar throughout Forest Preserves

Forest Preserves of Cook County wildlife staff recently banded a red-tailed hawk. Each year, the FPCC bands 600-800 birds from more than 50 different species. Of the birds that are banded, approximately 80-100 of them are birds of prey, also known as raptors.

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Experience something new this winter

If you’re looking to try something new this winter, head to the Forest Preserves of Cook County and strap on a pair of snowshoes! Snowshoes are a type of footwear that help people walk over snow by distributing their weight over a larger area. Snowshoeing is an excellent way to get outside and enjoy nature during winter, experience trails in a new way, get a great workout, and have some fun.

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Did you know? Forest Preserves is home to a small elk herd

Since 1925, a small elk herd has been inhabiting a 17-acre enclosed pasture in Busse Woods, calling the Forest Preserves home. The pasture is located at the intersection of Higgins and Arlington Heights Road in Elk Grove Village.

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Forest Preserves undergoing three major restoration projects

Since the creation of the Forest Preserves of Cook County in 1913 and our first land acquisition in 1916, our mission has been to acquire, restore and manage lands for the purpose of protecting and preserving public open space with its natural wonders, significant prairies, forests, wetlands, rivers, streams and other landscapes with all of its associated wildlife, in a natural state for the education, pleasure and recreation of the public now and in the future.   Staying true to that mission, along with using the Next Century Conservation Plan and the Natural and Cultural Resources Master Plan as guides, the Forest Preserves have been making great strides in restoration in an effort to bring even more land to good ecological health.   A couple projects currently underway or beginning soon include Portwine, Deer Grove West and Cranberry Slough.

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