wildlife research

All About the Forest Preserves’ Wildlife Management Division

The Forest Preserves of Cook County boast nearly 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful, and are home to thousands of species of plants and animals. The diverse natural systems found throughout the forest preserves — including savannas, prairies, woodlands and wetlands — serve as biological field stations for important scientific research.

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The Return of Urban Otters

A century after extirpation from the State of Illinois and decades after reintroduction, an urban North American river otter has found its way into the southern region of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, calling an isolated pond within the preserves home.  

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