| Aug 30, 2013
Once again this year, the fall museum and zoo schedules are full, and not just because of the now-requisite Halloween and Christmas programming. Highlights include a World's Fair revisitation at the Field, commemoration of the Gettysburg Address' 150th...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 7:52 AM
Here's my favorite "nature deficit disorder" story: Years ago, my non-outdoorsy boyfriend and I planned a little camping trip, reserving a campsite online at a Wisconsin state park. We got a late start and pulled into the ranger station just as evening...
| May 8, 2013
| 6:28 AM
The first thing Ron Skleney did was tamp down our expectations.
Yes, birds were on the wing, migrating our way in force. Skleney, naturalist at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, showed our bird walk group the radar map that proved it....
| Jul 16, 2013
| 3:55 PM
Nine female Blanding’s turtles were placed near the shoreline of a pond in a private section of Brookfield Zoo on Tuesday morning.
Some required a little help to find their new watery home while others immediately began to shuffle their way into...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 9:57 AM
Three pigeons were sharing what was left of a piece of pizza that was lying on the sidewalk on East 53rd Street near Woodlawn Avenue on Tuesday morning, between the hours we human beings usually eat breakfast and lunch.
No one walking past or around the...
| Jan 24, 2014
On Sept. 1, 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, died in her cage at the Cincinnati Zoo. Her passing marked the end of a species that once was so ubiquitous that enormous flocks, one estimated at more than 3 billion birds, were said to have...
| Dec 10, 2013
It's 2 degrees outside, and just the thought of wrestling into 17 layers of wool -- plus parka --
saps your will to live.
But you've seen every episode of "Boardwalk Empire"(twice), your rations of last week's chili are depleted and restless leg...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 4:37 PM
The new exhibition at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is like a roll call of lost, or nearly lost, species: the passenger pigeon, the American bison, the black bear in Illinois, the Carolina parakeet.
But "Nature's Struggle: Survival and Extinction,"...
| Mar 14, 2014
Joel Greenberg sat at his Westmont kitchen table, a bearish figure with curly gray hair mirrored by a short gray beard, in front of a stuffed passenger pigeon.
The bird looks like an oversized mourning dove, with stitches visible where the head had to...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 3:07 PM
Even as attendance dropped overall at area museums and animal attractions in 2013, it was a very good year for horticulture.
The Chicago Botanic Garden had more than 1 million visitors for the first time since it opened in 1972, a 5 percent increase...
| Aug 8, 2013
By Jessica Reynolds Citing outdated infrastructure and accident-prone sections of roadway, city and state officials are planning a redesign of North Lake Shore Drive. The project, explained thoroughly in this piece by Tribune transportation reporter Jon...