Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo

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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.

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August 5, 2013
Cliff Swallows Close to Fledging

A little over a month ago cliff swallows began building nests at Nature Boardwalk. These avian architects slowly constructed a small ledge under the Lester E. Fisher Bridge by using their beaks to bring back small amounts of mud from the edge of the pond.

June 26, 2013
Cliff Swallows Building Nests at Nature Boardwalk

A cliff swallow begins building a nest beneath the bridge at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.


June 18, 2013
What's Blooming at the Zoo?

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis, is flowering now at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Each blue flower lasts one day and has three distinct petals. The plant species is larger than normal this year thanks to consistently moist soil. The yellow blooms in the background of this photo belong to coreopsis, a.k.a.

May 6, 2013
Let’s Get “Emberizeddy” to Rumble

A mixed-sparrow group in Lincoln Park
April 25, 2013
Post from the President—Call of a Century
Zoo researchers Kelvin Limbrick and Mason Fidino conduct their daily bird count.
March 19, 2013
Evaluating Nesting Success of Black-Capped Chickadees at Nature Boardwalk

Zoo scientists are building specialty nest boxes to encourage black-capped chickadees to nest at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.

February 12, 2013
Winter Sightings

Wildlife sightings at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo slow down in winter, but the zoo's urban wildlife biologists still survey the site daily...and make some interesting finds.

January 15, 2013
Raptors at Nature Boardwalk

A Cooper's hawk in flight at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. Photo by Mason Fidino.

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.

January 4, 2013
A Cold Crossing

A frosty update from Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo—yesterday’s survey turned up these raccoon tracks on the ice.

November 27, 2012
Ice Work if You Can Get It

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.

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