| Jan 9, 2014
I'm talking to my daughter.
Even better, she doesn't have that annoyed don't-nag-me-mom tone in her voice. It's one of those vacation afternoons I wish would last forever -- sunny skies, no place to be, no arguing and best of all, my youngest daughter...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 5:42 PM
MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE FOREST RESERVE, Belize — As Hummingbird Highway carves away from Belize's resort-laden sands, pavement dissolves into rutted dirt tracks and the dense jungle canopy starts to press in from all sides. The tallest buildings pushing...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 12:09 PM
High in the mountains of northeastern Australia, scientists have discovered three intriguing animals that are brand new to science, and you can see all three of them in the photo gallery above.
They include the bizarre-looking leaf-tailed gecko...
| Jan 29, 2014
A revised Army Corps of Engineers study of possible flood-control projects along the Des Plaines River scrapped a controversial reservoir project near Buffalo Grove in exchange for two smaller reservoirs on Cook County Forest Preserve land.
| Feb 18, 2014
| 11:40 AM
Sharpshooters will return to a Will County forest preserve to take out a few more deer in an effort to curb a fatal disease among the herd.
Forest preserve officials discovered chronic wasting disease in the Kankakee Sands preservation area near...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 10:10 AM
A one-mile path proposed for Knoch Knolls Park drew no opposition at a recent open house on the Naperville Park District's master plan.
The public had expressed support for recreational paths at other gatherings, but this one attracted few residents....
| Nov 26, 2013
| 9:19 AM
Find your Christmas tree at one of these 12 Chicago-area farms—all within 90 miles of downtown.
Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm
A complimentary horse-drawn wagon is ready to take you to out the field at Ben’s, a 55-acre farm...
| Sep 25, 2013
The sun had sunk behind the trees. In the fading light, the woods were dusky shadows.
And faintly, just barely, I thought I heard something.
I stood still and listened in the quiet of the darkening forest.
Hoo hoo hoo. Hoo.
An owl. I was smiling...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 4:45 PM
Chicago-born author and environmentalist Sigurd F. Olson once wrote, "Wilderness to the people of America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium." For many of us, that...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 4:07 PM
Cook County Forest Preserve District leaders on Friday unveiled sweeping plans to overhaul the sprawling system, an ambitious program to restore 30,000 acres to a pristine state, buy more land and draw thousands of new people to the natural areas.
| Jan 10, 2014
| 9:34 PM
Despite the cold weather — and also because of it — thousands of people are grabbing their binoculars this winter and heading out to find bald eagles in Illinois.
Chances are better than ever they'll see scenes like the one Thursday near...