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Dragon and Damsel Adults

These tiny, winged creatures with descriptive monikers such as pondhawk and baskettail flit above water and vegetation from spring through fall in the Chicago region, providing a service to humans as they snatch mosquitoes and other insects in the air.

Songbirds

In May, Chicago region backyards and nature preserves sparkle with the songs and colorful plumage of migratory birds. Some of them have traveled thousands of miles from their winter homes in Central and South America on their way to their northerly breeding grounds.

Microloans

Kiva, which means unity in Swahili, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 by Matt Flannery and Jessica Jackley after attending a class on theoretical microfinance at the Stanford School of Business.

Equitable Opportunity

Members of the women’s program participate in a multitude of activities, from workshops and classes in native plant identification to woodworking and chainsaw seminars with local arborist associations.

Mystical Owls:

Winter is nesting time for the great horned owl, one of nine species of owls that can be found in the region year-round or part time.

Volunteer Restoration Work

Cold weather is approaching, and for restoration volunteers, that means it’s time to remove non-native plants in the region’s natural areas.

Free, Family-Friendly Nature Activities

This August, visit a local natural area to enjoy free, educational and fun outdoor experiences with youngsters before school starts.

Summer Mold

Low-pollen time in Chicago runs from July to mid-August, allowing most allergy sufferers a chance to recover before hay fever season, but mold counts are less predictable and can vary greatly each day.

Spring Into Vegetable Gardening

Feng Shui Practices for Spring

"No matter how long winter is, spring is sure to follow.” This is one of my favorite proverbs that reflects the energy of the return of spring, and a time to create a new cycle in life.

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