Posts in category "Wildlife"

Capturing Hummingbirds at Indiana Dunes State Park

Capturing Hummingbirds at Indiana Dunes State Park
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 »

Chicago Bird of the Week: Red-winged Blackbird

Chicago Bird of the Week: Red-winged Blackbird
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 Has a Geese Problem, And It's All Your Fault

Chicago Has a Geese Problem, And It's All Your Fault
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 »
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Chicago Needs Your Help to Track Wild Bats

Chicago Needs Your Help to Track Wild Bats
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 »

Dead Birds Are On the Rise in Chicago, But Why?

Residents all over Chicago have been reporting a bizarre increase in bird carcasses over the last few weeks–most of them without any visible wounds–while the City of Chicago picked up 150 dead birds in September, a 50% increase from the month before. The phenomenon isn’t limited to a single species. Goldfinches have been found in... Read more »

Cougar Spotted Just North of Chicago (Again)

Imagine this: it’s dark, you’re driving home with your family just 7 miles north of Chicago in Winnetka, on a quiet, oak-lined residential street. You think you spot a large dog by the side of the road, but when you get closer…it’s not a dog. Or even a coyote. It’s a cougar. No, not Courtney Cox,... Read more »
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Drought Brings Deadly Deer Virus to Chicago for the First Time

It sounds like something from a horror film. Thousands of diseased white-tailed deer carcasses are cropping up across the Upper Midwest. Typically, the virus responsible only affects deer in the Southeast, but this summer’s relentless drought may be responsible for the outbreaks in Indiana, Michigan, and now Northern Illinois, at least 100 confirmed cases in Cook County alone, and... Read more »
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    Adam Morgan is an outdoors author at Falcon Guides, an award-winning screenwriter at Fox, a blogger at the Tribune Company, a literary magazine editor, copyeditor, backpacker, and explorer. His book, Best Hikes Near Chicago, was published in 2011. He has written and contributed to Publishers Weekly, Bookslut, Ghost Ocean Magazine, and served as editor-in-chief of The Lincoln Park Times in 2011 and Oyez Review in 2010. His script, "Liberal Arts", won grand prize at the New York Television Festival in 2009, and is currently in development at Fox. He also blogs at MountHelicon.blogspot.com.

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