Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo

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September 12, 2014
Black-Crowned Night Herons Thriving

Last winter the Chicago Park District, after consulting with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Urban Wildlife Institute, made the very difficult decision to remove a number of trees south of Nature Boardwalk in Lincoln Park. Many of these trees were ash that suffered terrible damage at the hands (well, actually mouths) of the emerald ash borer beetle, and became safety concerns.

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September 12, 2014
Black-Crowned Night Herons Thriving

Last winter the Chicago Park District, after consulting with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Urban Wildlife Institute, made the very difficult decision to remove a number of trees south of Nature Boardwalk in Lincoln Park. Many of these trees were ash that suffered terrible damage at the hands (well, actually mouths) of the emerald ash borer beetle, and became safety concerns.

July 30, 2014
Hillside Haven

To the untrained eye the natural landscape encircling Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo may seem unplanned, its profusion of prairie plants randomly dispersed.

July 23, 2014
North Star State of Mind

As a researcher I fantasize about what the world would be like if I could stroll up to a field site and have all the species present step out in single-file fashion, nod their beak, snout or what have you, and slowly saunter back into the wilderness.

June 10, 2014
We’re in the Mood for Indigo

Tracking native plants as they bloom at different times from spring to fall is one of the best ways to enjoy Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. The blue false indigo now flowering makes this week an ideal time to start, but hurry—the blooms will only hold their color for another week or so.

May 22, 2014
Spring Awakening at Nature Boardwalk

Spring is a very busy time for many of us at Lincoln Park Zoo. The Horticulture Department works tirelessly with large teams of volunteers on the grounds both at the zoo and Nature Boardwalk, and our animal keepers are welcoming new zoo animals like the baby Sichuan takin.

February 24, 2014
Sharing Notes on Urban Wildlife

For the past few years the Urban Wildlife Institute has been chronicling the diversity of wildlife at Nature Boardwalk and Lincoln Park Zoo. We use motion-triggered camera traps to collect photographs of mammals (coyotes, raccoons, etc.), conduct visual observations of birds and butterflies, and even deploy hoop-net traps to monitor the turtle populations in our ponds.

December 20, 2013
What Do Rabbits Do in Winter?

Lincoln Park Zoo is home to a wide array of species spanning several taxa, from armies of Madagascar hissing cockroaches to our baby eastern black rhinoceros, King. However, species diversity at zoos goes beyond the wildlife on exhibit; many native and non-native species live within the landscaped vegetation or water features around a zoo, in animal exhibits or in the buildings on grounds.

December 13, 2013
Owl Be Seeing You in All the Unfamiliar Places

While not quite at Nature Boardwalk, there have been reports of snowy owls at Montrose Harbor, just a few miles north of Lincoln Park Zoo.

November 1, 2013
Fall Bird Sightings at Nature Boardwalk

Birding during fall migration is hard. Not only have males of a species exchanged their vibrant breeding colors for a more casual (i.e. drab) look for winter, the often melodious and easily identifiable bird songs I use to help identify a species are now faint and indistinguishable “chip” noises.

September 9, 2013
Royal Family

A monarchy is ruling at the zoo for the moment, but its reign will be brief.

Monarch caterpillars and butterflies are thriving at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. This is an ideal time to see them in their Chicago home, but don’t wait too long. The monarchs depart for their southern realm in late October.

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