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Great Egrets Use Their Bill as a Spear

Whether fishing or fighting, the great egret’s razor-sharp bill is an amazing tool:

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Forest Preserves hosts 2016 IHSA Bass Fishing Sectionals

On May 6, the Forest Preserves hosted three Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Bass Fishing Sectional tournaments at Busse Reservoir (Main Pool and South Pool) and Skokie Lagoons. Over 40 high school teams participated in these events.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in the Forest Preserves

Mothers play a crucial role in the world. From teaching and supporting to encouraging and inspiring, the impact the important women in our lives make is immeasurable, and it only makes sense to plan a special day thanking them for their many contributions!   Join the Forest Preserves of Cook County as we celebrate Mother’s Day with opportunities to explore Mother Nature during bird walks, hikes and more.

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Benefits of Nature Highlighted in Forest Preserves Documentary

May is an exciting month for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. In addition to the many enjoyable and educational events and programs taking place throughout the County, there are a number of special highlights. We are particularly excited about the premiere of our documentary.

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Try This! The Big Sit

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, each of our six Nature Centers is hosting The Big Sit, a day-long event in which birders of all experience levels will count how many birds they can spot or hear without leaving a 17-foot circle. The information collected during events like The Big Sit can help ecologists make better decisions about the conservation of bird habitat.

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Restoration Plan Developed for Critical Wetland Habitat

The little blue heron used to be a frequent visitor at Eggers Marsh, a quiet wetland with plenty of fish, frogs and insects to eat, and marsh grasses providing places to hide. Located in southeast Chicago, this 40-acre wetland has long been a popular visiting and nesting area for a variety of birds including a number of threatened wetland species.

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Baltimore Orioles Have a Taste for Sugar

Baltimore orioles feed mainly on insects, but in the spring and fall these birds have a serious sweet tooth… or beak.

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Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County

Forest Preserves documentary now playing on WYCC PBS Chicago and at Navy Pier's IMAX Theater

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Wood Ducks Make Unique Parents

These breeding and parenting practices have led to success for wood ducks.

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