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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January 9, 2012
Christmas-Morning Coyotes

Wildlife cameras reveal that a variety of creatures were stirring at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo on the night before Christmas this year, including this pair of coyotes. This photo was taken on 12/25/11 at 3:09 a.m. by a motion-triggered wildlife camera positioned in a grassy area near the pond at Nature Boardwalk.

As this photo highlights, coyotes are active mainly at night in urban areas.

December 20, 2011
What Do Painted Turtles Do in Winter?

Painted turtles in climates like ours hunker down for winter and don’t emerge until the sun is out and plants are sprouting again in the spring. On particularly cold, blustery winter days, I tend to think that isn’t a bad plan!

Painted turtles bask at Nature Boardwalk in this photo from April 2011.

December 9, 2011
What Do Squirrels Do in Winter?

Brrr, it’s getting cold outside! Have you ever wondered how animals like squirrels survive Chicago’s freezing temperatures without so much as a coat? While people typically respond to the cold by staying inside and putting on layers, it turns out squirrels have a similar strategy for dealing with the challenges of winter.

December 5, 2011
Ring-Necked Duck Joins the Waterfowl Party

Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo has been hosting a diverse array of native waterfowl lately! We’ve been seeing American coots and a female long-tailed duck for some time now.

November 22, 2011
Long-Tailed Duck at Nature Boardwalk

A female long-tailed duck has been paddling and flapping her way around Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo for the last week and a half, much to the delight of local bird watchers. Long-tailed ducks are named after the very long, slender tail feathers of the male ducks of this species.

These birds are fancy dressers in more ways than one.

November 3, 2011
Preparing the Island for Spring

This week zoo horticulturists and wildlife biologists teamed up to prepare the island at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo for spring 2012. It’s important to manage this habitat this far in advance because of some very special visitors we expect may return to the island around April of next year: black-crowned night herons.

Mike Davenport and Vicky Hunt pull the boat ashore.
October 27, 2011
Autumn Meadowhawks Arrive Fashionably Late

Autumn meadowhawks are appropriately named for their habit of being the last dragonflies seen moving through an area in fall. (Most dragonfly species are spotted during the warmer spring and summer months.)

Photo by Mason Fidino

We’ve been seeing lots of autumn meadowhawks flying at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo lately.

October 24, 2011
It's Raining Rubies!

Starting at the time of last week’s rain, dozens of ruby-crowned kinglets have graced us with their presence at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. Ruby-crowned kinglets get their name from the ruby-red spot on top of the male’s head. As they flit about in the prairie grasses, these adorable, tiny birds add another splash of red color to the brilliant palette already on display in the boardwalk’s fall foliage.

October 14, 2011
Bullfrog Mid-Metamorphosis

Growing up is hard to do…imagine what it must be like for a bullfrog! To become an adult frog, a tadpole must undergo an astounding transformation called metamorphosis.

This bullfrog, spotted at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, is nearing the end of this process and is sporting brand new land-worthy limbs as a result.

October 5, 2011
Time to Get Out the Winter Clothes

In spring, the arrival of brilliant yellow American goldfinches is a welcome sign that warmer temperatures are on their way. In fall, on their return flight, so to speak, their stopovers are bittersweet reminders that winter is now just around the corner.

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