The 7 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in January 2021

The wildest place in Cook County

12 tips for a successful winter hike and some destination suggestions

The celebration of a high school friend taken too soon

More than 20 amazing nature spots on Chicago’s South Side and in the Southland to check out this weekend and beyond.

A midwestern region where you’ll be saying, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in the flat Midwest anymore.”

A great place to see bald eagles, great blue herons, cormorants, and great egrets

The story of 3 pioneer female, African American aviatrixes, who are buried in a Chicagoland cemetery

These were the topics of the 7 most-popular articles last month at my blog, Nature in Chicagoland, last month as selected by my readers. Click the links below to read the articles.

  1. Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve: The Wildest Place in Cook County

2. Twelve Tips for a Successful Winter Hike

3. Remembering Matt Lignell 

4. Twenty+ Great Destinations on Chicago’s South Side and in the Southland to Check Out This Weekend and Beyond 

5. Author and Professor Discusses the Magical Driftless Area

6. Seven Things to Do at Rock Run Rookery Preserve

7. Visit to Lincoln Cemetery Reveals Rich African American Aviation History

Copyright (text) Andrew Morkes

Copyright (photos) Andrew Morkes, except photos for Remembering Matt Lignell (family of Matt Lignell); Author and Professor Discusses the Magical Driftless Area (first photo: copyright Kevin Koch; bottom photo: USFWS); Visit to Lincoln Cemetery Reveals Rich African American Aviation History (all except gravestone image: Smithsonian)


Looking for some great nature destinations in Chicagoland? If so, I just published Nature in Chicagoland: More Than 120 Fantastic Nature Destinations That You Must Visit. It features amazing destinations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Click on the title to learn more. 

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I have been a writer and editor for more than 25 years. I’m the founder of College & Career Press (2002); the editorial director of the CAM Report career newsletter and College Spotlightnewsletter; the author and publisher of “The Morkes Report: College and Career Planning Trends” blog; and the author and publisher of Hot Health Care Careers: 30 Occupations With Fast Growth and Many New Job OpeningsNontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDsThey Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors, which was selected as one of the best books of the year by the library journal Voice of Youth Advocates; and other titlesThey Teach That in College!? provides more information on environmental- and sustainability-related majors such as Ecotourism, Range Management, Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Built Environment, Sustainability Studies, and Sustainable Agriculture/Organic Farming. I’m also a member of the parent advisory board at my son’s school. 

In addition to these publications, I’ve written more than 40 books about careers for other publishing and media companies including Infobase (such as the venerable Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance, the Vault Career Guide to Accounting, and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering CareersWhat Can I Do Now?!, and Career Skills Library series) and Mason Crest (including those in the Careers in the Building Trades and Cool Careers in Science series).

My poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

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