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"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”⠀ .⠀ ~ John Muir⠀ .⠀ #HappyFriday #getoutthere
***Our Patient of the Week***⠀ .⠀ While wintertime is usually the slowest period for intakes, it is the busiest time for trauma and disease cases (instead of orphaned neonates or juveniles), especially in adult waterfowl and raptors. Over the last week, our veterinary clinic staff have performed numerous surgeries – fixing 4 bones (on 2 birds), correcting a luxated clavicle with a novel surgical procedure, removing multiple gunshot pellets, amputating a toe, and multiple other minor procedures. Our patients are lucky to benefit from a staff veterinarian and technician as well as many clinic volunteers!⠀ .⠀ We more commonly see red-tailed hawks in our area, however we have admitted more red-shouldered hawks in recent times than most of us can remember. Difficult to tell apart from other hawk species as juveniles, as adults they are beautiful hawks with red streaking on their chest and over the shoulder. They also have really cool black-and-white checkered secondary flight feathers, and a boldly banded tail to help identify them. While it's difficult to tell from afar, they are usually about 2/3 the size (by weight) of a red-tailed hawk.⠀ .⠀ While some Canada geese migrate, many do not, at least in this area. There are many different subspecies of Canada geese and our most abundant type, the common Canada goose (also the largest of the subspecies) are very well adapted to sticking around Illinois throughout the winter. Illinois has also changed the landscape to make it very easy for geese to stay -- lots of open grassy areas and manmade wetlands that are safe for them.⠀ .⠀ Here’s hoping all these efforts turn into releases for these injured birds. But they also have provided our clinic team with invaluable experiences to continue to provide the best patient care possible!⠀ .⠀ #patientofthweek #redshoulderedhawk #canadagoose
Need a midweek reason to smile? If you work 9 to 5 (and are working outside of the home), you'll no longer be leaving work in the dark! The sun will set at 5:02 p.m. today! And if you're working from home, take time to get out from behind your computer screen and enjoy the sunset! 🌅
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me, there lay, an invincible summer."⠀ ⠀ ~ Albert Camus⠀ ⠀ #HappyMonday
"There is a grandeur in winter, stern and wild it may be, but a grandeur which speaks to the soul."⠀ ⠀ ~ C. J. Peterson⠀ ⠀ #HappyFriday
***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ .⠀ Quite a few reptiles and amphibians are spending their winter with us. As cold-blooded creatures, these animals can’t be released until the weather warms up in the spring.⠀ .⠀ Some of these patients have been with us for many months, healing from a variety of issues. By keeping them awake and warm all winter, we are giving their bodies time to continue healing. Or in the case of a few, time to put on some weight. If they are cooled down to the point of hibernation, those important biological processes would be halted.⠀ .⠀ On the other hand, hibernation is important for herps to mimic natural cycles. If injuries have healed enough, but temps are too cold for release, we assist them into hibernation on-site. In fact, we have an entire refrigerator dedicated to this purpose! Others are perfectly healthy but were found in the wrong place at the wrong time and need a safe place to stay. This isn’t a quick undertaking — it’s about a monthlong process of cooling and decreasing food intake until they are ready, and then reversing that in the spring.⠀ .⠀ Of course, one of our favorite jobs is to release them back into the wild. It feels even sweeter when it's a patient we've cared for through many months of rehabilitation. Even though it's cold now, the countdown is on for these reptiles and amphibians to be returned to their natural habitats in a DuPage County forest preserve!⠀ .⠀ #patientofthweek #reptiles #amphibians
Who's out enjoying the "apricity"? Ahh! 🌞
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated.“⠀ ⠀ ~ Martin Luther King Jr.⠀ ⠀ #HappyMonday #martinlutherking
This week’s Scenic Sunday gives us a look across Salt Creek at Salt Creek Park Forest Preserve. There’s something so mesmerizing about the trees’ reflection on the water. Enjoy!
“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” ⠀ ⠀ ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley⠀ ⠀ #HappyFriday
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."⠀ ⠀ ~ John Burroughs⠀ ⠀ #HappyMonday
"Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before."⠀ ⠀ ~ Dalai Lama⠀ ⠀ #HappyFriday #newyear #goals #warrenvillegrove
Happy #NationalBirdDay! Let's celebrate by showing some love to our feathered friends: dupageforest.org/blog/help-birds-survive-winter⠀ ⠀ Photo © NPS N. Lewis
Let's hear from the "chionophiles"! What are your winter favorites in the DuPage forest preserves?
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'"⠀ .⠀ ~ Lewis Carroll⠀ .⠀ #HappyMonday #winterwonderland
“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”⠀ .⠀ ~ Rainer Maria Rilke⠀ .⠀ #HappyFriday #newyear #2021
Wishing you good health and many happy adventures in nature in the new year!
Our #Top9 from 2020!
***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ .⠀ Eastern screech owls are common in DuPage County, but they are not commonly seen! As the smallest year-round owl (the smaller Northern saw-whet owl migrates through the area), their survival depends on a stealthy existence to keep them from becoming prey for larger owl species, even though they too are predators. Screech owls will time their nocturnal activities to avoid the much larger great horned owl. They also avoid revealing themselves with calls and tend to stop vocalizing when the larger owls get going. ⠀ .⠀ While we generally raise a handful of screech owlets each summer, we don’t see too many adult patients since they do such a great job of staying below the radar. This gray morph screech owl was admitted in early December, the clear victim of severe head trauma, likely from some sort of collision. ⠀ .⠀ This poor little bird was in a daze, immobile, and with eyes tightly closed against the pain. Once set up in a quiet place and treated with medications, she began to slowly come around. During regular rechecks, it was noted that this owl also suffered eye trauma with hemorrhages in both eyes.⠀ .⠀ Owls have very large eyes for their size – their eyes take up almost as much space in the skull as their brain. With such large, forward-facing eyes, it's easier for them to be injured in a collision. Thankfully, this little owl’s eyes have improved quite a bit -- enough that she's been able to move outside where she has more room to fly or, most of the day, sleep. Hopefully she’ll be ready to start the new year with a release in one of our DuPage forest preserves!⠀ .⠀ #patientofthweek #easternscreechowl
In case it’s too cloudy (and snowy!) to see tonight’s full moon — the last full moon of 2020 (and the decade!) — here’s a look at last night’s nearly full moon over McDowell Grove forest preserve. Thanks, Jay Johnson, manager of site operations, for sharing this serene scene.⠀ ⠀ December’s full moon is known as the “Cold Moon,” and because it’s the full moon closest to the winter solstice (the longest night of the year), it’s also called the “Long Night Moon.”
“Colors are the smiles of nature.”⠀ .⠀ ~ Leigh Hunt⠀ .⠀ #HappyMonday
"It is in the still silence of nature that one will find true bliss.” ⠀ .⠀ ~ J.J.C. Smart⠀ .⠀ #HappyFriday
"Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand."⠀ .⠀ ~ Henry David Thoreau⠀ .⠀ #HappyMonday
This week's Scenic Sunday taken at Oldfield Oaks reminds us just how beautiful a bare woods can be! Enjoy!
Happy World Soil Day! Today's a day to reflect on the importance of healthy soil. It’s also a day to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources. Let's hear it for soil!
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”⠀ .⠀ ~ David Mitchell⠀ .⠀ #HappyFriday
This #GivingTuesday, nature needs you more than ever. With your help, we can restore more habitat and protect more rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals in DuPage. Will you join us in supporting the DuPage forest preserves? Make your gift at dupageforest.org/donate.
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."⠀ .⠀ ~ Aristotle⠀ .⠀ #HappyMonday
Thanks to a longtime friend and board member, all gifts made to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $3,000 this #GivingTuesday on December 1. Your gift will help us do twice as much to restore the nearly 26,000 acres that make up DuPage forest preserves. Please give now at dupageforest.org/donate.
Ever wonder where bees go in the winter?⠀ ⠀ Kline Creek Farm volunteer beekeepers Duane Marski and Charlie Linnell explain in this informative blog:⠀ ⠀ https://www.dupageforest.org/blog/bees-in-winter
Now that you've feasted on a delicious Thanksgiving meal, it's time to opt outside and hit the trails!⠀ ⠀ Don't know what to do? Here are our top 10 #OptOutside ideas:⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/3lcBPw4
"Looking at beauty in the world is the first step of purifying the mind." ⠀ ⠀ ~ Amit Ray ⠀ ⠀ #HappyFriday
Happy Thanksgiving from all the turkeys at the Forest Preserve District!
Meet John Opila, who connects to nature through native plants.⠀ ⠀ "I was very young when our family started camping, and I have been hooked ever since," says Opila, a volunteer at the Blackwell native plant nursery and Mayslake Forest Preserve. "There is always something new and awe-inspiring every time we go." ⠀ ⠀ Read more about John: https://www.dupageforest.org/catching-nature/john-opila
In the first week of November alone, our Willowbrook Wildlife Center released 92 wild animals it cared for back into the wild, including 29 squirrels, 7 Virginia opossums, 5 red-tailed hawks, a great horned owl, and a snapping turtle.⠀ .⠀ Help us continue helping native wildlife by making a #GivingTuesday donation to support DuPage forest preserves. Donations made now through Dec. 1 will be matched up to $3,000!⠀ .⠀ So don't delay; give today at https://www.dupageforest.org/donate
Visiting the preserves during COVID-19? Please continue to practice social distancing and wear face masks, especially when you can't be more than 6 feet away from others. Visit https://buff.ly/3foK85C for the latest COVID-19 related updates.
May your time in nature lead you to yourself."⠀ .⠀ ~ Shikoba⠀ .⠀ #HappyMonday
Did you know that wild turkeys roam the woodlands of DuPage County? Wild turkeys are very social birds and congregate in flocks during winter. Small flocks merge together in areas where they can find reliable food sources. Turkeys can run more than 12 miles per hour and attain flying speeds of up to 55 miles per hour. More tidbits on turkeys: https://www.dupageforest.org/blog/talking-turkey