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Volunteers & Grants Help Support Local Green Spaces Including New Arboretum

Eagle Scout Liam Harper

On a recent Saturday morning, a dozen Boy Scouts from Troop 93 of St. Peter Church arrived at the Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park on Lions Drive for a volunteer workday.  What they found was some new seed collecting equipment, courtesy of a grant from the Vital Lands […]

By |2019-10-24T12:24:45-06:00October 24th, 2019|News|0 Comments

How Animals Beat the Summer Heat

Did you ever wonder how animals beat the heat?

The other day I was wondering as I dripped while walking two very hot dogs…”How do wild critters do it?’ I was so hot, but I was headed home to air conditioning and a cold ‘one’!

Nature is full of surprises! I found out […]

By |2019-08-26T19:58:04-06:00August 26th, 2019|News, Wild Wednesday|0 Comments

Glowing for Love: Fireflies Around Town

Wow! Oh, what a night!

Is it me or has the night erupted in sparkling and twinkling stars right on earth!

This is a great year for fireflies! I think they enjoyed our long and lingering wet spring and hot, humid summer.

You do know that they aren’t flies at all! They […]

By |2019-08-26T19:52:13-06:00August 26th, 2019|News, Wild Wednesday|0 Comments

Terrific Turtles and How To Help Them Cross the Road!

What can be as big as a trash can lid and use its tongue to attract fish??? A Common Snapping Turtle! This is true!

Snapping turtles start out small, smaller than a quarter. They hatch from eggs and can live up to 70 years and weigh in at over 80 lbs. Not that we have seen […]

By |2019-06-27T13:41:02-06:00June 26th, 2019|News, Wild Wednesday|0 Comments

Wildflowers of Spring & Early Summer

On your mark get set GO!!!!! Get out to watch the race in our Oak woodlands. It’s happening right now and hopefully will be a very long race.

Although Spring was late, the wildflowers of the oak woodlands are amazing stars of this race for sunlight!  They waited all last summer, fall […]

By |2019-06-27T13:41:10-06:00June 19th, 2019|News, Wild Wednesday|0 Comments

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 |2019-05-13T13:05:09-06:00May 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 |2019-05-13T12:58:35-06:00May 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 |2019-03-31T13:42:10-06:00March 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