Breaking News Bar
posted: 12/28/2013 8:00 AM

Families hunt for signs of nature's creatures at Sugar Grove forest preserve

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Pat Schaefer of Elburn and her granddaughter Shannon Dame, 9, visiting from Michigan, enjoy a nature scavenger hunt Friday at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve near Sugar Grove.

       Pat Schaefer of Elburn and her granddaughter Shannon Dame, 9, visiting from Michigan, enjoy a nature scavenger hunt Friday at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve near Sugar Grove.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Raccoon tracks appear across a fallen tree limb on a walking path Friday at Bliss Woods near Sugar Grove.

       Raccoon tracks appear across a fallen tree limb on a walking path Friday at Bliss Woods near Sugar Grove.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Kane County Forest Preserve naturalist Barb McKittrick, left, identifies raccoon tracks in the snow during a tracking and scavenger hunt program at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove on Friday. Lisel Ulaszek of Campton Hills (center) points out the tracks to her son, Oliver, 4, next to Pat Schaefer of Elburn and her granddaughter Shannon Dame, 9, visiting from Michigan.

       Kane County Forest Preserve naturalist Barb McKittrick, left, identifies raccoon tracks in the snow during a tracking and scavenger hunt program at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove on Friday. Lisel Ulaszek of Campton Hills (center) points out the tracks to her son, Oliver, 4, next to Pat Schaefer of Elburn and her granddaughter Shannon Dame, 9, visiting from Michigan.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • The Kane County Forest Preserve hosted an animal tracking and scavenger hunt at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove.

       The Kane County Forest Preserve hosted an animal tracking and scavenger hunt at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Items on the list for the scavenger hunt at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove. The Kane County forest preserve district presented the family program.

       Items on the list for the scavenger hunt at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove. The Kane County forest preserve district presented the family program.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

The 13 explorers discovered ample evidence of raccoon, mice, mole, coyote, squirrel and rabbit. But only by the tracks they left in the snow.

A sole chickadee and a squirrel were the only critters actually seen going about their daily activities.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

The occasion was a Friday-morning hike and winter scavenger hunt led by Kane County Forest Preserve naturalists Barb McKittrick and Erica Lemon. One of the activities was identifying the tracks of the creatures that can be found in Bliss Woods Forest Preserve near Sugar Grove.

Near the end of the hike, participants were given a list of items to find, such as a chewed twig or walnut, a bird or squirrel's nest, a spider web and a variety of animal tracks.

Pat Schaefer of Elburn brought along her family of 10, including her husband, children and grandchildren. They often do nature programs as a large family outing. Schaefer's daughter, Kelly Gagne of St. Charles, participates in many of the programs offered year-round by the forest preserve district.

"We're big fans," she said. "I think the programs are a wonderful way to discover new forest preserves."

For more info on similar forest preserve programs, go to kaneforest.org.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here