December 1st nature walk and peregrine falcon

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.

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our local cactus– prickly pear

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peregrine falcon at 63rd Street Beach

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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.

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Snowy owl and snow bunting seen this morning– we’ll try to see them on the afternoon nature walk

Meet at 3 pm at the East Door (Space Center) of the Science and Industry Museum.Don’t pay to park as we will be driving to the outer harbor (63rd and Hayes) to see the winter ducks and hopefully the snowy owl and snow buntings.

If you don’t have a car, we will carpool to the the outer harbor.

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General Nature Walk Information – Schedule– nature walks on hold for now

Despite being one of the largest cities of the world, Chicago still provides many opportunities to enjoy nature.

WHO:

Nature Walks are put on by Pass It On Chicago.  Jane Masterson is a local photographer and Hyde Park Nature Walk Guide.

WHAT:

On Nature Walks, which are generally scheduled on the New Moon and Full Moon each month, we walk through Jackson Park, and on the Full Moon Walks, after the Nature Walk,  we head over to Promontory Point to watch the Full Moon rise over the Lake.

WHERE:

Jackson Park and The Point.  We meet at the East door of the Museum of Science and Industry (for more information, feel free to call us at 773 – 502 – 3159). You can get to The Point by walking through the underpass at 55th Street and Lake Shore Drive.

WHY:

Nature Walks are FREE and provide many benefits to your overall health and well-being!

WHEN:

Following are the 2017 New Moons and Full Moons, when our Nature Walks are scheduled (feel free to call with any questions or up-to-the-minute schedule updates 773 – 502 – 3159)

Moon watch at 7:23 on Sunday February  12, come a little before if you want to see the moon rise. If you can’t make the meeting but have ideas on how we can make Hyde Park more dog friendly,  please leave a message at 773 913 2030.  Meet at the lake near the Field House on the Point.  There is a parking lot and an underpass at 55th and Lake Shore Drive.

To request a Nature Walk or contact me, please fill in the contact form below:

Weekly Bird Walks in Jackson Park

Patricia Durkin (pat.durkin@comcast.net) organizes weekly bird walks in Wooded Island.  Walks are year round every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. (currently cancelled due to work in Jackson Park) and Saturday at 8 a.m.  Birders meet at the Darrow Bridge which is located south of the Museum of Science and Industry.  Ample parking is available east of Darrow Bridge and is accessible from 5800 South Lake Shore Drive.  Wooded Island bird reports are available at http://www.chicagoaudubon.org

Website with Plant and Animal Photos – Jackson Park and vicinity

http://www.naturalhistorychicago.com

Yahoo Group run by Illinois Birders

For a more extensive list of what birds are present in Chicago and surrounding areas, email Ilbirds@yahoogroups.com.  If you set your subscription to digest, you will receive a group of posts (instead of receiving individual posts).

Check out this listserv online

http://www.experienceemiquon.com/content/all-ibet-listings