New Photos of Wolf Road Prairie

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Check out the latest eight photographs of the beautiful Wolf Road Prairie  – April and May 2016.  They are the last pictures in the gallery.

Effects of Climate Change on Bird Migration

Naturalist Ron Skleney will discuss . . .
– What effect does climate change have on bird migration?
– What factors determine the timing of their migration?
feather2How is the food they depend upon impacted by temperature differences?
Ron will help us sort through the research and find emerging patterns
La Grange Park Library
555 N LaGrange Park Library
North of Ogden and South of 31st Street
May 17, Tuesday at 7 pm
Questions and discussion to follow.
For more information, call 708-354-5512.

Have you ever seen a prairie burn?

Before the Europeans came to North America prairies burned regularly — sometimes many square miles at a time due to natural events such as lightning. Those natural burns usually occurred at least once very two or three years. Now prairies have to be burned to keep the woody plants from taking over.

Here’s a link to a YouTube video of a burn performed last November. Be sure to watch the end as new GREEN starts to appear.

The Contested Land: The Changing Flora and Fauna of the Chicago Region

Noted author and researcher, Joel Greenberg will be speaking on              Joel Greenberg

                                        Tuesday, April 12 at 7 pm
          Plymouth Place [Dole Hall] – 315 N LaGrange Road, LaGrange Park
                                   Between Ogden and 31st Street
                   Admission  $20   –     Members and STPS Volunteers  Free
                         Joel is the author of several noted books including
                            The Natural History of The Chicago Region &
                                    A Feathered River Across The Sky

Joel will discuss ecosystems like prairies and woodlands, as well as
individual species,to see how their status has been affected by
modern humans. Habitat loss, direct take,introduced species,
pollution, and climate change are all factors that will have
impactedthe biological richness that this area once held. But
even in the face of such challengessome species, like the coyote
and sandhill crane, have increased over the years. He will look
at some of those stories too.  (He is a consultant for the Chicago
Field Museum &  the Academy of Science at the Peggy Notebaert


Woodcock Watches

Four Friday Woodcock Gatherings on The Deck of The Prairie House (11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester, IL — West of Wolf Road between 22nd and 31st Streets)
Starting Time: Sunset.
March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8
The north side of Wolf Road Prairie has had as many as four males performing their dramatic courtship flight, in which the male ascends in ever widening spirals and ends in a  zig-zag descent. Upon landing, the woodcock waits for a response from a female while calling to her with a vocalization that  sounds somewhat like that of an insect. Birders often compare it to the call of the nighthawk.
If a female does not respond, the male will repeat his performance again until finally ending his exhausting performance after about an hour in either failure or success. Either way the next evening, he will try his luck again.
Here is a link to their dance – which is pretty funny.

Indian Mounds of Illinois Including the Chicago Area

Illinois has more Indian Mounds than you would think, each one with its own story. Jack has explored, studied, and compared the different sites. Join us and find out what he has learned. indian mounds 2

This is a free event.

Sunday, February 14 at 2 pm
LaGrange Park Library – 555 N LaGrange Road
Presenter Jack MacRae, retired DuPage Forest Preserve Naturalist


On Sunday, January 31st at 2 PM at the LaGrange Park Library follow the journey of  Jack and Diane Doyle as little by little with much luck and many unexplained coincidences they discover many compelling details surrounding the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald prompting them to dig further into the haunting tale of a Lake Superior tragedy. 
 Edmund Fitzgerals burnished color
Could any ship have endured the waves and winds of that horrific November storm of 1975?  What do we know of the captain and crew. And what is the legacy of the Edmund Fitzgerald?


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On  Sunday, December 6 at 2 pm at the Thomas Ford Memorial
Library, 800  Chestnut of Western Springs  ( The NW corner of
Chestnut and Wolf Road ) there will be a presentation on:
Researched and presented by Patricia Reaves
What better way to enjoy St. Nicholas Day than to learn the
meanings and originsof the many hand-me-down traditions
we faithfully keep every Christmas.

The Fauna of Wolf Road Prairie — A Film Festival

On November 22 at the LaGrange Park Library E J Neafsey will be presenting “The Fauna of Wolf Road Prairie — A Film Festival” at 2:00 PM.

E J has also created some fascinating videos that have been loaded to YouTube including:

You can search under Neafsey for more of these fine videos.