This Saturday, visitors to the Indiana Dunes State Park can watch a naturalist trap, band, and release hummingbirds as Brad Bumgardner demonstrates his research and “banding” techniques while providing locals with tips and tricks on attracting the tiny, gem-like creatures to their own backyards. “For visitors who have never seen a hummingbird in the hand... Read more »
Red-winged blackbirds are one of Chicago’s most common avian species. They’re beautiful, but appearances don’t matter when they’re dive-bombing your head. “People have complained of being chased for up to 100 yards, pecked in the head, and [having] their hair clawed,” said a Telegraph report on Chicago after a spate of incidents along the lakeshore... Read more »
Chicago is home to tens of thousands of Giant Canada geese, and for many people they’ve become a nuisance, a safety hazard, a public health concern, and an ongoing ethical debate. Some locals are so fed up, they’re taking goose eggs from nests and shaking them by hand, rendering the embryos stillborn. Is it ever... Read more »
Chicagoland Outdoors will be back this week after a temporary hiatus. Lots of environmental, wildlife, and parkland news has cropped up in the Chicago area recently, and this blog will once again be the best site dedicated to the city’s natural wonders and issues.
The Indiana Dunes may soon be home to a massive pedestrian trail bridge, similar to this one in Nebraska (pictured above), that would take hikers and bikers from the town of Portage, Indiana to the shores of Lake Michigan, where they would be able to access the Indiana Dunes trail system. The bridge would be a... Read more »
In a creative new effort to track Chicago’s wild bat population, the Lincoln Park Zoo is asking you to keep an eye out for them. If you’re thinking, “we don’t have BATS in Chicago,” I’ll direct you to the photo above, which I took outside my Lincoln Park apartment last month. There are plenty of bats... Read more »
If you want to see the falls and canyons of Starved Rock draped in the hues of autumn, you’d better get out there soon. Linda Kostler took this photo today, October 15, and submitted it to Tom Skilling’s Chicago Weather Blog.
“If I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns.” Fine words, from the fine English novelist George Eliot (who was in fact a woman, Mary Anne Evans). We only get one autumn in Chicago, and although the trees downtown aren’t exactly bursting with color yet, the suburbs certainly are. Unfortunately,... Read more »
If you’ve got a great photo from Starved Rock State Park in Ottawa, Illinois, enter it for free in the Starved Rock Lodge’s photo contest, “In Touch With Your Natural Side.” The deadline for the competition isn’t until February 18, 2013, with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place (a $50 gift card, brunch for... Read more »