Today is the two-year anniversary of my blog, Nature in Chicagoland. In the last 730 days, I’ve published nearly 80 articles about the great outdoors. I’ve covered everything from eagle watching and views of the mighty Mississippi River at Mississippi Palisades State Park, to remnants of the Manhattan Project and great wildlife viewing in Red Gate Woods in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago, to first-time snowshoeing with my son in Galena, Illinois, to thousands of years of Native American history at Effigy Mounds National Monument in eastern Iowa.
I’ve filled you in on how to see trolls, bison, ghosts, and rare and endangered species in the Midwest. I’ve interviewed nature authors, photographers, and others who care about natural places in Chicagoland. And I’ve occasionally taken a break from nature to tell stories about my parents or discuss issue that’s important to me—such as gun control, stopping gerrymandering, or protecting the work of our nation’s hardworking journalists. One of the best parts of writing a blog (as opposed to writing books for other people–a big part of my day job) is the fact that I can write about whatever I want, and that’s a great feeling! Another great thing: getting the chance to talk with some very nice people about nature via the comments section of the site, as well as in person.
It’s been a rewarding two years, and I look forward to telling you about many of my favorite destinations in Chicagoland over the next year. Look for stories on Sagawau Canyon Nature Preserve (the only canyon in Cook County), migratory bird-watching, the new Indiana Dunes National Park, and much more in year three. But before I move on, here were the most popular posts of the first two years:
- Red Gate Woods: Hawks and Hills, Sloughs and Snakes, and Ghosts and Buried Nuclear Waste, Oh My!
- Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve: The Wildest Place in Cook County
- A Personal Ghost Story, Ghosts of Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs, and 11 Spots for Post-Ghost-Tour Fun
- Joe the Guardian, Sneaky Socks Alexa, and the Other Trolls Are Waiting to Be Discovered at The Morton Arboretum
- Seven Places to See Bison in the Midwest
- America 2018: Thoughts on School Shootings, Gun Control, Gerrymandering, and Kindness
- Fourteen Things to Do Outdoors in Chicagoland Before Summer Ends
- Kohler-Andrae State Park: Camping, Surf and Sand, and Much More
- Nature Photographer Discusses His Love of Lake Michigan and What We Can Do to Protect It
- Palmisano Park: A Hidden Gem in Chicago
Thanks for reading and supporting Nature in Chicagoland. Have a great year outdoors!
Copyright (text/photos) Andrew Morkes