Jackson Park along with Montrose Beach are premier nature areas in Chicago. Adding pro-golf courses, music venues or making the area into a Millennial Park South is going to disrupt our natural area and we will lose many of the beautiful creatures that inhabit Hyde Park along with us. I am not against the Obama Library. I just would love to have it built on an area that is currently concrete so we can have BOTH a Millennial Park South and a wonderful, beautiful natural site used by many humans and other creatures I have photographed wildlife in Hyde Park for a number of years. I started making calendars in 2012. Here are the photos from the 2012 calendar. I will post another calendar next week. You can leave comments about how you use Jackson Park on the website: http://www.savethisspace.com or tag a photo you take of yourself and friends @jacksonparkusers.
Migrating monarchs in a roost (or bivouac) on 63rd Street near the Lake
crayfish on 63rd Street beach
Thanks for your help identifying the garden flowers in these photos. Want to visit this garden?: park on 63rd and Cornell and walk south two blocks. Watch out for golf balls.
All photos taken in the Hyde Park Area during July and August 2018.
Osaka Garden irises
male purple martin and fledgling
lots of monarchs this year
pioneer spiderwort (snotweed) on 63rd Street beach
mallard duckling with cottonwood seeds
older mallard ducklings
wood duck ducklings
older wood duck ducklings
why goslings can’t fly- look at the size of their wings
starlings bathing on golden lady statue
nest in Osaka Garden
house wren parent
house wren fledgling
western painted turtle
great blue heron
great blue heron with 3 juvenile black-crowned night herons
adult black-crowned night heron
fledgling barn swallows
fledgling barn swallows
monarch on milkweed in mini-garden near parking lot at 53rd and Dorchester
Most of these photos and videos were taken in Hyde Park (Chicago) during the last couple of weeks.
Even though the groundhog saw his shadow, I’ve seen and heard some signs of spring during the last couple of weeks: chickadees and cardinals singing their spring songs, squirrels mating, and ducks courting in the inner and outer harbor.
Field trip idea: Go to inner or outer harbor to scout for courting ducks and look for signs of beavers. To walk around inner harbor: park on the street just west of Lake Shore Drive at 63rd Street (Hayes) or in the parking lot on the north side of the street. You can walk over to the outer harbor if you park in the 63rd Street beach parking lot and walk south.
Male and female red-breasted mergansers. Just the males are doing courting displays in this video. Females have red heads and more white on their chests.
This is the first video I have where both male and female common goldeneyes are displaying. After the brown female on the left hand side starts displaying, you can hear some of the beeps that the males make when they throw their heads back
At the beginning you can see this hooded merganser raise his crest and make his white patch bigger. He then displays to a female mallard who already has a male mallard mate.
I like how beaver nonchalantly steps out of the way of the truck. This video taken in 2011.