Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Many bird species are adapted to urban environments. Pigeons, house sparrows and robins exploit niches within urban ecosystems and are more abundant because of it. In some aspects of life these urban adapters may be a bit of an irritation—leaving droppings on your freshly cleaned car or nesting near the window next to your bedroom.
Friday, January 4, 2013
A frosty update from Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo—yesterday’s survey turned up these raccoon tracks on the ice. Things have slowed down for the season, but there’s still activity to spot out here!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
If you’ve recently strolled around Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, you may have noticed its icy disposition. Specifically, oddly configured, jagged chunks of ice positioned near plantings surrounding the South Pond. What’s up with that?
Friday, November 9, 2012
It has been more than two years since Urban Wildlife Institute biologists introduced painted turtles equipped with radio transmitters to the pond at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. Since then, we’ve been tracking the movements of these individuals as well as a few snapping turtles that we’ve gotten the opportunity to transmitter.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Have you ever seen a black squirrel around Chicago? This squirrel, photographed by one our motion-triggered cameras, is not a rare species but rather an eastern gray squirrel with melanism.
Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
By transforming the South Pond into Nature Boardwalk, Lincoln Park Zoo has created an urban ecosystem in the heart of the city. Enjoy a virtual view as native plants and animals establish themselves in this rare refuge.
As Lincoln Park Zoo’s director of horticulture, Brian oversees the zoo’s gardens, from bud to bloom.
As coordinator of wildlife management, Mason chronicles the bugs, birds, fish, insects, mammals and more that make their homes at Nature Boardwalk.
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