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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August 19, 2013
100 Years of Birds Update

Three months have passed since we finished the 2013 Lincoln Park migratory bird survey.  From March to May, Research Intern Kelvin Limbrick and I slowly walked three separate 1.5-mile-long transects spanning the length of Lincoln Park, from Diversey Parkway all the way down to North Avenue.

August 14, 2013
What’s Up? Dock!

This is the first year since its planting that prairie dock has bloomed so successfully across Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. What is this native plant exactly?

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.

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