News letter articles and announcements

Salamanders Can Dance and are a Sign of a Good Habitat!

When walking in the springtime woods you often see small temporary pools of water gathered in woodland depressions. These are called vernal pools. The vernal pools are a necessary part of a salamander life cycle. This time of year, salamanders are looking for love, they don’t have loud calls or squawks to let […]

By |2019-05-13T13:05:09-05:00May 13th, 2019|News, Wild Wednesday|0 Comments

April Showers (& Snow), Will Bring May Flowers!

Wow! Are we done yet? Keep your boots out just in case!

We are excited that the month of May is here, and hoping that the old poem is correct in its forecast!

April Showers, Bring May Flowers

We certainly have had our April showers, snow, sleet and thundersnow, as well as rain.  […]

By |2019-05-13T12:58:35-05:00May 3rd, 2019|News, Wild Wednesday|0 Comments

Become a Bird Box Monitor

AOF maintains 22 bird nesting boxes around the Lake Zurich area in cooperation with the Village of Lake Zurich. We need several people to monitor these boxes for nesting activity over the course of the spring/summer.  This is an easy and rewarding way to will help our local birds have successful nesting seasons.   Monitoring includes […]

By |2019-03-31T13:42:10-05:00March 30th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Findings From WWII During Lake Zurich Restoration

The habitat restoration volunteers with the Ancient Oaks Foundation often come upon man-made items when they meet at various area oak woodlands to clear them of invasives.  Tires, deteriorated oil drums, rusty broken-down swings sets, and even the occasional crack pipe have been unearthed during the groups 10-year-long effort to restore the health […]

By |2018-12-09T09:32:09-05:00December 9th, 2018|News|0 Comments

AOF Celebrates Giving Tuesday

Ancient Oaks Foundation Celebrates #GivingTuesday & Pledges to Raise Awareness of the Benefits of Restored Natural Recreational Areas

November 1, 2018. This #GivingTuesday, Ancient Oaks Foundation will celebrate giving by raising awareness and funds for the continued restoration of natural recreational areas. 

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, […]

By |2018-12-09T09:34:57-05:00November 4th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Sighting of the Southern Flying Squirrel

Many people confuse the Southern Flying Squirrel, Glaucomys Volans, with the Sugar Glider (Petaurus Breviceps). First, if you are reading this from Illinois, you may be surprised to find out that Illinois is home to the Southern Flying Squirrel. This magnificent creature can be found in the Eastern half of the United States […]

By |2018-10-25T06:59:13-05:00September 29th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Ancient Oaks Seedlings – Summer 2018

The summer is in full swing and the Ancient Oaks Foundation has been busy with the many tasks of habitat restoration.  We continue with removing weeds from local oak woodlands at Kuechmann park (626 N. Old Rand Rd) and the oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park (500 Lions Drive).  We hosted the St. Matthew Ladies Bible […]

By |2018-09-29T14:42:11-05:00July 17th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Ancient Oaks Seedlings – Spring 2018

What a winter is has been!  Since our last edition of Seedlings, we have logged well over 200 volunteer hours in the work of habitat restoration.  January’s Owl Walk was attended by 30 people who learned about the 6 different species of area owls.  In February, Shannon Westphal led us in Winter Tree Identification.  Our […]

By |2018-09-29T14:36:18-05:00May 1st, 2018|News|0 Comments