Beyond the screen of your laptop and your smartphone, nature is alive and well! Come enjoy!
Jane Masterson is a local photographer and Hyde Park Nature Walk guide. When she was an adjunct college professor, her students observed plants and birds, collected data and tested hypotheses to try to answer questions such as why some plants bloomed earlier than others and why woodpeckers migrated through before orioles. And while she no longer teaches at the college level, Jane still enjoys encouraging others to explore the Chicago wilderness. She promises, no quizzes! Whether you’d just like to look at the photos of Hyde Park wildlife on this blog or want to come out for a Nature Walk, Welcome!
Next Nature Walk:
Moon watch and Nature walks on hold for now.
Interested in helping save Hyde Park’s wild spots: habitat for our local wildlife and migrating birds may be replaced by a music venue and concession stand unless you speak up. Want to help prevent this? Check out savethisspace.com and sign up for emails from jacksonparkwatch.com
Contact us with any questions or to discuss setting up a time for a Nature Walk. Feel free to call (773 – 502 – 3159) or to fill out the form below:
All photos taken in Hyde Park during the last couple of weeks. Baby raccoon video was taken in Indiana but a raccoon family was spotted in Jackson Park this past Saturday.
The next nature walk/ moon watch is this Sunday, August 10. We’ll meet at the east door of the Museum of Science of Industry at 6 pm for the nature walk and meet at the Field house on the Point for the moon watch at 7:30 (moon rises at 7:43).
I saw lots of herons on an evening walk including this great blue heron
black-crowned night heron
juvenile black-crowned night heron
double-crested cormorant having trouble swallowing a fish
young purple martin begging from a sibling
white-faced meadowhawk dragonfly
spotted sandpiper looking more grown up but no spots yet
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