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What’s it like to work for the forest preserve district?

Dec 12 2014 | 1:24 pm - “I want your job!” said the twentysomething barista as I ordered my latte at the drive-up window. His comment was based solely on seeing the Forest Preserve District of Kane County emblem on my shirt. My colleagues have had similar...

Love the outdoors? Become a Kane County Certified Naturalist

Nov 14 2014 | 2:01 pm - Are you someone who loves nature but doesn’t know how to learn more about it? Do you wish you could explore the woods but feel too shy to do it on your own? Come out of the closet and join like-minded people in the Kane County Certified...

How bad will our winter be? A caterpillar can tell you.

Oct 22 2014 | 3:28 pm - Memories of last year's icy winter are etched in our minds. Many are wondering what's in store this winter. Look no farther than the woolly bear caterpillar. Like Punxsutawney Phil, the renowned groundhog who predicts the coming of spring, the...

Nighttime nature hikes explore the nocturnal world

Oct 03 2014 | 1:56 pm - Ever wonder what goes on at night in nature? The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is offering special night hikes this month to explore the nocturnal world. The guided walks will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 and 18, in...

The sandhill crane: A restoraton success story

Sep 13 2014 | 7:49 am - It's a restoraton success story. Just 10 years ago, the sandhill crane was a rare sight in Kane County. But wetland restoration efforts have been a boon to this big bird, and sandhills are now a common sight throughout northern Illinois.

The many uses - both good and bad - of stinging nettles

Sep 08 2014 | 11:30 am - You’re out for a walk in the woods, enjoying a stroll along the river. Then suddenly, you feel as if you’ve been stung by a thousand sharp needles. Your arms and legs start to burn and itch. Sound familiar? Welcome to the world of...

Summer twilight: an enchanting time

Jul 18 2014 | 2:40 pm - The long, hot day melts in the dimming light. Faintly, the evening star appears in the sky. Animals begin to shift in the shadows. It’s twilight. It’s summer. And summer twilight is an enchanting time.

It takes many clovers to make a meadow

Jul 03 2014 | 1:03 pm - There’s a whole world of clovers out there. Each kind is useful, and each is pretty in its own right. The next time you walk in a field, look around and you’ll surely see a clover or two. Here are some of the varieties you'll find...

World traveler, birder, teacher and naturalist: Jack Pomatto

Jun 18 2014 | 2:33 pm - Losing a friend is a tough experience. Losing a friend who was an inspiration, a mentor, and a champion for the natural world is exceptionally hard. Retired naturalist Jack Pomatto of St. Charles died on June 12, after a valiant fight against...

Wild geraniums herald the arrival of spring in Fox Valley woods

May 29 2014 | 10:13 am - Wild geranium is one of the highlights of the woodland flora right now, in full bloom in many forest preserves. It’s a distant cousin of the typical potted geraniums sold in garden stores.

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