Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo

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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.

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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.

November 9, 2012
Painted Turtle Relocation and Monitoring at Nature Boardwalk

Its radio transmitter visible, a painted turtle swims in the pond at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.

November 1, 2012
Joining the “Dark Side”

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.

September 26, 2012
Plant of the Week: Bottle Gentian

The introverted bottle gentian is all hue and no cry. This perennial, currently in brief bloom, displays richly violet, bottle-shaped flowers that never open. The corolla (petals) remains closed even when the flower is ready to receive pollinating insects.

September 11, 2012
Plant of the Week: Yellow Giant Hyssop

The yellow giant hyssop brandishes dense, cylindrical flower spikes that resemble a miniature choir of cacti. The spikes emerge atop stout, square, branching stems and measure 4 to 16 inches long, depending on the size and maturity of the plant.

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