Animals

The wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, was never a candidate for our nation's symbol, but it did help Benjamin Franklin advance his study of electrictity.

Good Natured: Turkey and Benjamin Franklin

​You're probably thinking that this week's Good Natured topic is turke...
Official Opening of the Tallgrass Prairie Adventure Exhibit

Forest Preserve District Holds Celebration for the Tallgrass Prairie Exhibit at Creek Bend Nature Center

​The Forest Preserve District of Kane County held a ribbon-cutting eve...
Jenni Schiavone paddled the full-length of the Fox River in September to promote river protection

A Tale of Two Fox Rivers Part 1: Kane County’s Defiant Wild River

​I always wanted to paddle the entire length of the Fox River, so in S...
As winter nears, tree squirrels like this eastern gray squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, store nuts and other food items in a practice known as scatter hoarding.

Good Natured Column: Scatter Hoarder

Years ago, as a rookie staff writer at a restaurant magazine, I had th...
Topped with a large hole, a crayfish chimney stands tall and volcano like at Ferson Creek Fen Nature Preserve in St. Charles. A second, smaller hole, which plays a role in burrow ventilation, can be seen below the quarter used for scale.

Good Natured: Crayfish Volcano Chimney

​Mount Saint Helens...
Creek Bend Nature Center is open to the public Mondays through Thursdays

New Tallgrass Prairie Exhibit in Kane County

Creek Bend Nature Center will look a little different, next time you s...
A squirrel enjoying a snack in Geneva.

Have You Noticed Something Has Been Eating Your Halloween Pumpkin?

According to a local wildlife expert, squirrels are the number one pu...
A recent report shows microchipping is up in Kane County thanks to yearly drive-thru clinics.

More Pet Owners Turning to Kane County Clinics for Microchipping

Microchipping is an increasingly popular service offered by Kane Count...
Learning experiences such as this very wet wetlands field trip help participants in the Kane County Certified Naturalist program understand the connections within our local ecosystems.  Photo courtesy of Jim Mikowski

Good Natured: Kane County Certified Naturalist Program

​Well, it's that time of year again...
IDOT, IDNR remind motorists to resist the urge to swerve.

Don't Veer For Deer

​​In 2021, Kane County ranked 6th in the number of deer crashes in Ill...
K9 Officers Sadie and Loki

Sadie and Loki: Newest Members of the KCSO Special Victims Support Team

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) officially has two new st...