Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo

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November 23, 2015
Solitary Hunter

If you’ve walked around Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo recently you might have spotted a great blue heron fishing around the pond.

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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.

September 7, 2012
Web Masters

Spiders are incredibly diverse, with around 40,000 different species worldwide. Some spiders roam across the ground actively hunting for prey, while others construct complex webs to capture anything unfortunate enough to fly, jump or fall into them.

Researchers at the Urban Wildlife Institute often encounter spiders in the grass or on trees at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.

August 31, 2012
Plant of the Week: Little Bluestem

This attractive prairie grass is a tussock, or bunch, grass: it grows as a singular plant in clumps, tufts or bunches. It displays blue and silver-tinted stems and leaves in the spring that turn to lovely shades of wine-red in fall.

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