On December 17th, we will meet at 3:30 pm for a Free Guided Nature Walk. We meet at the east door (Space Center) of the Science and Industry Museum . We will use a spotting scope to look at the winter ducks in the 59th Street Harbor and the Lake (63rd and Hayes, where we will hopefully spot the owl). We will then drive over to the Point for the 5 pm moonrise.
The meters are expensive if you park right by the East entrance. It is cheaper ($1 an hour) if you turn left into the parking lot. Parking is free if once you are in the parking lot, you drive south past the boats, over the stone bridge and park near the tennis courts. Hope to see you there! FREE EVENT. For more information go to passitonchicago.com or call 773-913-2030×3. Children welcome. Check here if rain date is needed and Call if you can’t find us: 773-913-2030×3.
You can buy it at Hyde Park Produce, 55th and Cornell or online at http://www.naturalhistorychicago.com
All photos were taken in Hyde Park
Here is a preview of the photos included:
This photo was taken on the June nature walk
This is the black-crowned night heron who hung around in the Osaka Garden all summer
Best part of nature walk was a glorious sunset. Worst part was one of our participants got a prickly pear cactus spine in his foot. Our local cactus has lovely flowers but nasty spines! The snowy owl and the snow buntings were not seen but we did see a horned grebe, some scaup and a red-breasted merganser using a spotting scope. The peregrine falcon was at 63rd Street beach the morning after the nature walk.
our local cactus– prickly pear
prickly pear flower
peregrine falcon at 63rd Street Beach
and our little white duck (an unusual mallard duck) that we often saw on the summer nature walks was spotted in Jackson Park near the 59th Street Harbor in early December. It was good to see he was still around. He was helping some crows and ring-billed gulls finish off a big bag of potato chips.
male hooded merganser
not a duck, but a beautiful winter bird we’ll probably see on the nature walk, December 1
Canada Goose — Does the one on the left have a smaller body? If so, it could be a Lesser Canada Goose. There is one even smaller called a cackling goose. It has the same pattern but it’s about the size of a mallard duck.
male common goldeneye
male common goldeneye
male buffleheads with one female bufflehead near sunset
male and female hooded merganser
I took all these photos in the last couple of days at Jackson Park!
Our next nature walks are Sunday August 4 at 12:30 pm or Tuesday August 6 at 6:30. Meet at the east door of the Science and Industry Museum (Space Center and Ominmax Entrance) Come join us!
fledgling green heron
close-up of same fledgling green heron
mallard with green heron
mallard ducklings (almost grown-up)
great blue heron
close-up of great blue heron
fledgling black-crowned night heron (checking me out)
close-up of fledgling black-crowned night heron
overexposed photo shows you the normal neck length of fledgling black-crowned night heron are in different positions
black-crowned night heron
great blue heron– again interesting to see how different herons can look when their necks are
great blue heron
No More 12:30pm Nature on Sundays for the Winter! See you in Spring!
Enjoy nature your way!
Free of charge and good for all ages
12:30 pm on Sundays starting August 4 through Sunday September 15
Just bring yourself and soak up some beauty OR
Bring your own art supplies to sketch a flower
or a caterpillar or a landscape OR
Learn how to use a “plant key” to identify the things
you see or… enjoy nature your way!
Bring binoculars if you’ve got them, bring your eyes if you don’t
Meet at the East entrance of Museum of Science and Industry
Museum (Space Center and Omnimax Door)
Call for more info: 773 913 2030×3
Photo: Killdeer chick growing up in a Home Depot parking lot in Chicago