2015 Photo Contest Runner-up- Prescribed Burn, McClaughry Spring Woods near Palos, Daiva Gylys
2015 Photo Contest Runner-up- Prescribed Burn, McClaughry Spring Woods near Palos, Daiva Gylys


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Owl Whitewash

Posted: November 17th, 2017

by Eileen Sutter, Volunteer Steward at Watersmeet Forest Preserve One sign of the presence of owls in our woods is whitewash, splatters of thick chalky paste on the ground and on tree branches found around owl roosting spots. Owls typically have night time and day time roosting spots; the night time spot is likely to […]

The Bane of the FPD

Posted: October 30th, 2017

Liz’s Corner (More well-chosen thoughts and words of McCormick’s very own co-steward Liz Cozzi. Just in time for Halloween she provides a little pharmacology lesson regarding some of the more baneful plants of the Chicago region) During this time of year, the forest preserve takes on a darker hue as yellow and white flowers are replaced […]


Posted: August 15th, 2017

By Radhika Miraglia Two years ago, a small group of Centennial Volunteers planted a tree in LaBagh Woods as a thank you to my son, Mateo, who was 9 years old at the time.  Mateo had sold prints of his bird drawings and raised $700 for the LaBagh shrub planting project.  As I watched the […]

Eleven Tips for Getting a Job in Natural Resources, from the Perspective of an Employer

Posted: April 11th, 2017

Read what our friend, Frank on a Bike, has to say about how to increase your chances of getting a job in natural resources. Originally published in Good Oak News.

Forest Glen Woods: One-Year Anniversary

Posted: April 6th, 2017

By Heather, Certified Workday Leader; Tony, Certified Workday Leader; and Josh, Field Organizer-North, Friends of the Forest Preserves Forest Glen Forest Preserve is a wonderful natural habitat located in the far northwest side of Chicago just outside the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Tucked in between the Metra tracks, highway 94, and a quiet suburban-like neighborhood, the […]

The endurance of the midland brown snake

Posted: April 3rd, 2017

By Joey Cavataio, Amateur Herpetologist It’s 1925. Somewhere in the vast-but-ever-shrinking prairie located northwest of downtown Chicago, a brand new batch of bungalows stands out against the tall grass and endless horizon to the west. A few years earlier, the beginnings of a subdivision were born, when rough roads and paved sidewalks were installed in anticipation […]

Powderhorn recipient of support for major restoration project

Posted: January 24th, 2017

By Douglas Chien, Powderhorn Site Steward Contained within Powderhorn Lake Forest Preserve is a very special and rare place, a place with an exciting ecological restoration project happening soon. A project that myself and a team of volunteers have worked towards for the past 10-years. Powderhorn Prairie Nature Preserve is the only Illinois Nature Preserve […]

The 1,000th Shrub

Posted: November 2nd, 2016

By Jeff Skrentny (Read at the planting celebration of the 1,000th shrub at LaBagh Woods 10/30/16) LaBagh is home to many things; Almost 200 native plants, including a handful of very rare ones, One found for the first time just this year; Five species of mighty native oak; Plus numerous other native hardwood tree species; […]

From Passionate Volunteer to Program Assistant

Posted: October 6th, 2016

I’m Maggie Jones and I was the Program Assistant for the Forest Preserve Experience Program this past summer.  My interest in all things outdoors began as a kid growing up in eastern Iowa. I loved animals and plants and exploring what my backyard and local parks had to offer. Some of my favorite memories from […]

Portage Woods

Posted: June 22nd, 2016

Have you ever heard of Portage Woods? Let me give you a little history on it. It is thought to be the birthplace of Chicago because of the first encounter of French explorers Père Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet back in 1673. They passed by there by mistake, trying to find the “Great Lake.” Because […]