| Apr 16, 2015
| 3:29 AM
There's an occasional feature on the Tribune website called "Backyard wildlife" in which readers take amateur photos of their local wild critters.
And the rest of us nature lovers and NatGeo addicts look on in wide-eyed wonder.
You've got your deer,...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 6:07 PM
It started with wanting to build a bar code reader to identify zebras in Africa by scanning their unique stripes from afar.
More than five years later and led by the University of Illinois at Chicago's Tanya Berger-Wolf, scientists from three American...
| Mar 8, 2015
| 2:43 PM
The brackets have been filled out; the fans are psyched; the competitors are pawing at the ground.
Or, in the case of the pygmy marmoset, climbing down from the trees.
Will the dwarf mongoose beat the dormouse? Can the giant bushy-tailed cloud rat...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 2:46 PM
Lake County, you're not hallucinating.
Things in the world of the rare and endangered Florida panther have changed in past years, and now there is a new reality about 180 or so still-existing creatures:
"Panthers can turn up anywhere," said Marc...
| Feb 2, 2015
In the 23 years I've lived in south Lake County, I've seen a black bear only once.
It happened two years ago when my husband Ralph and I were walking down the driveway to get the mail. The bear, which was eating acorns under a large oak, ran into the...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 3:05 PM
State fish biologists were looking for Asian carp.
What they found, last week in the North Shore Channel in Lincolnwood, was something much better: a spotted gar, an ancient fish that has never before been seen in Chicago waterways, according to...
| May 22, 2010
| 12:58 PM
- Cheryl Lager has run 75 races of 26 miles or longer
- She is training for a 200-mile run in Florida
- She has finished six races of at least 100 miles
All Cheryl Lager wanted to do was shed a few pounds.
Competitive running? Please. She didn't have...
| Aug 11, 2010
| 5:24 PM
The Gulf Coast has a marketing campaign out to convince people its seafood is safe.
So this headline from The Associated Press this week didn't help: "Oiled crabs stoke fears spill is tainting food web.''
Is it true? Or is it oil hype?
| Feb 11, 2010
| 3:28 AM
Even though he studies biology and lives on campus at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Nick Flanders often visits his mother's home in Newport News where he maintains bird feeders filled with sunflower, mixed and thistle seeds and suet.
| Apr 1, 2011
| 8:44 AM
The 1985 celebrity-studded charity ditty written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie had a simple title and refrain: "We Are the World." The line, it now turns out, is more than just a song lyric. It's a scientific truth.
As Tim Flannery demonstrates in...
| Jan 26, 2011
| 6:16 PM
Raised in the woods so's he knew ev'ry tree
Kilt him a b'ar when he was only three
Davy, Davy Crockett
King of the Wild Frontier
Grab your musket, because the time might be near when we have to go kill us some bears in Central Florida's wild frontier....