Try This: Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day is May 10! Join us for a multi-day celebration of birds as they migrate across the Americas.   Don't miss the International Migratory Bird Festival at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont on Saturday, May 10 from 7:30 am to 3 pm. Spend the day celebrating migratory birds and learn simple ways to identify and protect these birds. This big day will be preceded by a week of bird hikes, including field trips to nearby habitats:

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INFOGRAPHIC: Growing the Forest Preserves

The Forest Preserves of Cook County just acquired a 397-acre equestrian estate in Barrington Hills known as Horizon Farms, putting us at 69,123 acres. It’s the single largest tract purchased by the Forest Preserves in a single transaction since 1968, and we’re very excited about it.   Check out this infographic for more facts about the growth of the Forest Preserves over the past century.

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VIDEO: Conserving Nature for the Next 100 Years

  In February, the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Center for Humans and Nature held a “Conserving Nature for the Next 100 Years” event to explore thought-provoking questions and offer ideas critical to the future of our urban wilderness.

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Back from the Brink

A special photography exhibit at Crabtree Nature Center highlights birds that almost didn't make it.   Crabtree Nature Center is proud to host local photographer Arlene Koziol's beautiful "Back from the Brink" exhibit. Arlene's work showcases birds that were almost extinct due to plume hunting, DDT use or habitat loss and who have rebounded thanks to awareness and legislative changes. These gorgeous works will be on display until May 15.  

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Helping a Rare Shrub

From a single plant, ecologists work to renew streamside population   A rare white flower will soon begin to bloom, and thanks to collaborative efforts by the Forest Preserves and the Chicago Botanic Garden, you now stand a better chance of seeing it.   The flower belongs to shadbush (Amelanchier interior, also known as inland shadblow), which grows as a shrub or small tree in woodlands along stream banks in our forest preserves. Named for an eastern fish (shad) that returns to spawning grounds when the plant is in bloom, this magnificent species has become rare due to habitat loss and degradation, so much so that it is listed as threatened in Illinois.

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