Editor’s note: Generally, the farther north one goes, the more prevalent black squirrels become. Dark fur absorbs more heat, and researchers think this may give black squirrels an advantage in colder climes.
Editor’s note: Thanks for submitting the photo shown here, Pat!
I can personally attest to their strong environmental ethic and cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. For several years, common terns (an Illinois Endangered Species) nested only at the fly ash ponds in back of the Waukegan coal power plant. Company officials were always ready to do whatever was necessary to protect them, including construction of specialized fenced and predator-guarded compounds. The terns successfully produced fledglings. Subsequently, peregrine falcons, a former endangered bird, took up residence at this same Waukegan plant so the terns wisely decided to use some safer real estate a little farther south (at Great Lakes Naval Training Center).
THRILLED TO RETURN
I am absolutely thrilled by the existence of the Chicago Wilderness alliance and by your beautiful magazine. I always try to see at least one of your recommended “Into the Wild” locations whenever I visit my hometown.
Your spring issue featured Thatcher Woods, which I was able to explore in June, south of Chicago Avenue. It is indeed a beautiful and biologically diverse area. We spotted a black-crowned night-heron on a log over the Des Plaines River.
I had forgotten how common poison ivy is in the riparian woodland, a plant I seldom see in Washington (can’t say I miss it). Not only does it carpet the ground locally, at Thatcher Woods, but there are many good-sized woody vines on tree trunks as well. I guess this is no surprise to locals, but it sure got my attention. This is surely one of those plants you want to learn to recognize and avoid (trust me). Thanks for the clear description of the area, and an enjoyable field trip.
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