Besides being an avid birder, I’m an obsessive walker and hiker. I’ll go in any weather and over any terrain. The only prerequisites for trekking in any condition: comfortable clothing and excellent footwear. Wearing out my current walking shoes and seeking more support for my hiking boots, I am in search of the best hiking
In the quest to become a more rounded naturalist (aside from “just” birds) I have been constantly looking at plants, insects, and everything else wild I encounter. As the “nature lover” at work, it is oft assumed that I know the answer to anything outdoor related. Sadly, this is not the case. But I do
In our new quest to become more well-rounded naturalists, Stacia and Birdfreak made a trip to Morton Arboretum located in Lisle, Illinois (southwest of Chicago). Here’s a recap of our first of what will most likely be many trips to this incredible place. Morton Arboretum is open every day of the year with special seasonal
I went “cicada hunting” today and found just a small patch of Brood XIII Cicadas at Sugar River Alder Forest Preserve. We are not giving up though! We will go again tomorrow to find those hungry birds! The Lake County Forest Preserve has an Interactive 17-year Cicada Emergence Map showing where they are being found.