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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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Learn about winter camping during workshops

Camping is a time-honored tradition that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. While many people only think about camping spring through fall, winter camping can be just as enjoyable!   The Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting two winter camping workshops to educate attendees on winter weather safety and layering, winter fire building and snow shelter building. During the events, there will also be winter nature activities and snowshoeing (conditions permitting). The events are free to attend, and no registration is required.

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Achieve Your Goals in the Forest Preserves

The start of a new year brings with it great potential. Many of us use it as an opportunity to reflect upon the previous year, and challenge ourselves to make changes in our day-to-day lives. Whatever those changes or goals may be, I urge you to consider how you can incorporate the Forest Preserves of Cook County into your 2016 plans.

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Students showcase importance of not feeding wildlife

Walking through the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visitors may encounter a variety of wildlife: deer, rabbits, raccoons and more. While our instinct may be to feed them, it’s important to know that feeding wildlife could cause them more harm than good!

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Explore Chicago Botanic Garden’s Wonderland Express

If you’re looking for a unique way to enjoy the holiday season, be sure to check out Chicago Botanic Garden’s Wonderland Express exhibit, on display now through January 3.

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Enjoy the Holiday Season by Birding

Throughout the nation, including many parts of Cook County and the Forest Preserves, birders young and old, experienced and beginners, will gather to participate in a long-standing tradition – the Christmas Bird Count.

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2015: A Year in Review

This year has been an exciting one for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. With successes in our conservation and sustainability efforts, increasing the Forest Preserves’ footprint and connecting more people with nature, the Forest Preserves of Cook County made many significant strides on 2015.

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Chinese Delegation Visits Forest Preserves

More than 20 delegates from various municipal departments from the city of Shenzhen, a large metropolis of 18 million in southern China, visited the Forest Preserves of Cook County on Monday, Nov. 9, to learn about the history, conservation efforts and public outreach of the Forest Preserves.

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Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Tuesday, December 22, marks the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. Leading up to December 22 this year, Northern Hemispherians experience the gradual shortening of days as the sun appears closer to the horizon each day. On the day of the solstice, that shortening pauses. From that day forward, the sun appears to work its way northward in the sky again. This means longer days, which is certainly a reason to celebrate.

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