Claire Slattery

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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

Bur Oak – 24400 Echo Lake Road, Hawthorn Woods


“Our property was like much of Lake Zurich part of a larger farming plot back in the 1800’s with one of the original settlers. Our kids got a kick out of learning more at the Era Historical Society Museum. The kids also were excited to learn the glacial history and relationship the […]

By |2019-09-06T20:25:00-05:00May 13th, 2019|Heritage Oaks|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 |2018-12-09T09:32:09-06:00December 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 |2018-12-09T09:34:57-06:00November 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

Oak Species – 1119 Betty Lane, Lake Zurich


“When we began to look for homes in Lake Zurich, I knew that I wanted to live in a wooded subdivision. I gasped when I saw our future property and the number of different bur oak. When I started to research oak trees, I found out just how important they are to […]

By |2019-09-06T20:22:18-05:00September 29th, 2018|Heritage Oaks|0 Comments