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President's Letter: Migratory Birds, Spring Wildflowers Abound in the Forest Preserves

As we move into spring, a colorful array of birds have been migrating back to the region. Visitors to the Forest Preserves will likely hear these beautiful birds chirping away while enjoying our many amenities. However, if visitors are interested in seeing the birds rather than just hearing them, the Forest Preserves provide numerous opportunities to participate in bird walks, events and programs.

One such event is the International Migratory Bird Day Celebration, which will be hosted at LaBagh Woods from 9 11:30 am on Saturday, May 20, 2017. During the event, attendees can enjoy seeing a variety of migrating birds while also watching bird banding, joining beginner bird walks, participating in family activities and more.

While the migrating birds are adding bursts of color to the area, many spring wildflowers are also providing vibrant visuals in the Forest Preserves. In this issue of the Forest Way, readers will learn about some of the different species of wildflowers to look for when visiting our Nature Centers.

We are pleased that three Forest Preserves Nature Centers were recently recognized as part of the Best Things Illinois article “The 10 Best Nature Centers in Illinois”: Crabtree Nature Center, Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, and Sand Ridge Nature Center. For those looking for an educational way to spend some time in the Forest Preserves, consider visiting any of our six Nature Centers.

Finally, readers will learn about a remarkable Adopt-A-Site volunteer who not only appreciates the Forest Preserves’ wildlife, but also understands the impact humans can have on animals.

We hope to see you in the Preserves!

Toni Preckwinkle, President
Forest Preserves of Cook County