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President's Letter: 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.

This year, the FPCC will be highlighting many different species of birds. We are inviting residents and visitors to take advantage of numerous opportunities to attend bird walks, festivals and informational programs hosted throughout Cook County.

Additionally, each month — March through November — the Forest Preserves will be showcasing a Bird of the Month. Visitors will have the opportunity to spot the Bird of the Month at an event or program, and learn what makes that bird so special. This month, learn about timberdoodles and their unique mating ritual.

Looking for a more edible sign of spring? The vacillating cycle of warm daytime weather and near- or below-freezing nighttime temperatures common during this time of year creates the perfect opportunity to collect sap from sugar maple trees. Learn how this sap is used to make maple syrup in this month’s Forest Way, or in person at one of our maple syrup-related events.

Springtime also marks the relaunch of the Forest Preserves’ Adopt-A-Site program, which enables volunteers to adopt their favorite grove, river, lake or trail. In this edition of the Forest Way, you will learn about this rewarding, flexible volunteer option for people of all ages.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of our Spring Brochure (available at your local Nature Center) or view our online events calendar — because spring also means endless opportunities to enjoy the Forest Preserves’ many amenities, programs and special events.

See you in the Preserves!

Toni Preckwinkle, President
Forest Preserves