wildlife

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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How Does Cook County Wildlife Prepare For, Handle Winter?

When people think of animals and winter, a common scenario comes to mind: a bear hunkering down and sleeping the colder days away, re-emerging in spring well-rested and ready for the new season. And while some of Cook County’s mammals do hibernate through winter, the Forest Preserves is home to an abundance of wildlife, including mammals, fish and herps, each of which prepare for and react to winter differently.

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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