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Smaller than most geese, the Ross's goose is an unusual sighting in Kane County.  Photo credits: Gordon Garcia

Good Natured: The Ross's Goose

​It's that time of year again folks—spring waterfowl migration...
This hairy woodpecker, identified by the size of its bill rather than its plumage, this winter has been an infrequent visitor to a birdfeeder in Campton Township. Credit:  Leslie Martin

Good Natured: Color Conundrum in Birds

​Last week when we took a look at the life and times of the hairy wood...
Hairy woodpeckers can be distinguished from downies by their larger size, larger bill in relation to the head and a lack of spots on the outer tail feathers. Credit:  Carol Hamilton

Good Natured: Hairy Woodpeckers

​Although the word “hairy" isn't itself inherently bad, it's ofte...
Despite attempts to eradicate it, the spongy (formerly gypsy) moth continues to impact trees throughout our area.  This female, full of eggs, was found in Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles in July 2023.

Good Natured: Steps to Kick Invasive Species to the Curb

​Over the past couple of weeks, we've established that a) hitchhiking,...
Three communities in Kane County will receive upgrades to their electric vehicle chargers.

Three Kane County Communities Tapped for EV Charging Station Upgrades

​​Batavia, Elgin and Geneva are among selected communities statewide t...
With big claws and an attitude to match, the rusty crayfish was brought to Illinois intentionally for use as fishing bait. It then hitched around in bait buckets throughout the Upper Midwest, displacing native species along the way.

Good Natured: Infamous Hitchhiking Species

​Back in the day when hitchhikers were a thing, they were hard to miss...
Having hitchhiked a ride to Illinois from California, and despite a fractured shell, this snail is now living comfortably in a terrarium in DeKalb County.  Photo by Peggy Anesi

Good Natured: Esther Duncan the Hitchhiking Snail

​Growing up we had the best neighbors a kid could hope for: Harry ...
Marcescence not only is a great word, but also an interesting phenomemon to observe in the winter landscape.

Good Natured: Marcescent Trees

​Don't you just love a good word...
Never shy about helping themselves to free food, European starlings have made themselves at home in every one of the lower 48 states as well as southern Alaska and Canada.

Good Natured: Andrini Starling

​Depending on how your holiday season played out, you may have, in the...
If you've got a naturalist on your gift list, there's still time to track down some of these tried-and-true favorites, including pants with pockets, lip balm and multitools.

Good Natured: Gift Ideas for the Naturalist

​With the ho-ho-holiday gift-giving deadline just around the corner, I...