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Spears Woods: Room to Roam Amidst Rolling Hills, Sloughs, and Oak Woodlands

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER & AUTHOR OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND If you’re looking for a large preserve in which to hike, bike, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and otherwise explore, than Spears Woods near Willow Springs, Illinois, is the place to be. It offers rolling hills; sloughs (such as whimsically named Boomerang, Hogwash, and Pollywog Sloughs); winding … Continue reading Spears Woods: Room to Roam Amidst Rolling Hills, Sloughs, and Oak Woodlands

Visit Sand Ridge Nature Center for a Wonderful Winter Experience

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER & AUTHOR OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND The crunch of my footsteps on crisp ice and snowBirdsong high above in the treesDeer tracks imprinted in the slippery icePoems posted in the frozen forest These were just a few of the things I experienced or encountered yesterday on a bright 17-degree day, with … Continue reading Visit Sand Ridge Nature Center for a Wonderful Winter Experience

The Story of a Father and Son in 55 Questions

I’m taking a break today from writing about nature in Chicagoland to post a poem about my dad, who died 25 years ago today. This poem tells the story of the 27 years I was lucky enough to share with him. Who are you?Are you my Dadda?Why are you always smiling at me?More yogurt!?Can I … Continue reading The Story of a Father and Son in 55 Questions

A Quick Look Back at January 6, 2021, and a Call for Unity and Vigilance  

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER & AUTHOR OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND On January 6, 2021, an attempted coup (insurrection, riot…call it whatever you want except a peaceful demonstration) by Trump-inspired rioters storming the U.S. Capitol placed our democracy in grave danger. While some of the rioters donned furs, antlers, and other preposterous outfits to match the … Continue reading A Quick Look Back at January 6, 2021, and a Call for Unity and Vigilance  

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