Life in the Time of COVID-19: Thoughts on Baseball, Hoarding, Being Thankful, Accountability, Gardening, and Hope

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND March in Chicago: Dreams of baseball (the games that count…boy, the White Sox would have been good this year)The St. Patrick’s Day (I mean week-long…I mean month-long) celebrations in full swingGreening grass jazzing up the color tones of monochromatic gray Chicago winterEarly spring flowers breaking through the … Continue reading Life in the Time of COVID-19: Thoughts on Baseball, Hoarding, Being Thankful, Accountability, Gardening, and Hope

A Vote for Cam Davis is a Vote for Clean Water in Chicagoland

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND What is the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago, and why is it important to me? The MWRD plays a major role in treating wastewater, reducing flooding (increasingly important as Illinois’ climate becomes wetter due to global climate change), and reducing the amount of stormwater … Continue reading A Vote for Cam Davis is a Vote for Clean Water in Chicagoland

On the Death of A.J. Freund and Healing the World

Andrew “A.J.” Freund could have been my child. That’s what I thought when I first heard the terrible news that the 5-year-old had gone missing in a Chicago suburb on April 18, and thought again when I heard the horrific news that his parents had killed him, after forcing him “to remain in a cold … Continue reading On the Death of A.J. Freund and Healing the World

Celebrating the Two-Year Anniversary of Nature in Chicagoland

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 … Continue reading Celebrating the Two-Year Anniversary of Nature in Chicagoland

15 Nature in Chicagoland Stories to Check Out on a North Pole-Like Day

It’s so cold today in Chicagoland that [fill in your punch line here]. So, today is a perfect day to…stay inside and read some of my favorite all-time posts at Nature in Chicagoland and dream of warm weather, summer skies, forests of green, happy dancing deer (okay, maybe I have mental frostbite), and all the … Continue reading 15 Nature in Chicagoland Stories to Check Out on a North Pole-Like Day

Earthrise 1968: Thoughts on the Past and Future of the Environment and America

The beautiful blue Earth rising above the barren, chalky surface of the moon in the darkness of space. That’s what astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders saw on December 24, 1968, from the cockpit of the command module of Apollo 8. These men were tasked with completing a challenging mission that involved testing … Continue reading Earthrise 1968: Thoughts on the Past and Future of the Environment and America

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian: A Great Place to Learn About the First Americans

For thousands of years, Native Americans lived where our (meaning everyone who arrived after the Native Americans) homes, stores, and parks now stand. They hunted for game in the hills, ravines, and forests of Chicagoland; collected mussels and clams and fished in what we now call Lake Michigan; and fell in love, cherished their families, … Continue reading The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian: A Great Place to Learn About the First Americans

The 6 Most-Popular Posts at Nature in Chicagoland in July 2018

Bogs, Bison, Trump, Trolls (the fun kind), Ghost Stories, and a Beautiful State Park in Wisconsin. These were the subjects of the most-popular posts at Nature in Chicagoland in July 2018 based on page views by my readers. If you missed any of these stories, check out the links below: 1. Volo Bog: An Ice … Continue reading The 6 Most-Popular Posts at Nature in Chicagoland in July 2018

Why President Trump is Dead Wrong Regarding His “Media Are the Enemy of the People” Rhetoric, and Why Journalists Are So Important in This Age of Unreason

Skip this article if you’re like me and already value the key role the media plays in American democracy. After all, my opinion is nothing outrageous. It used to be established public opinion. It’s also nothing new. In 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Virginia statesman Edward Carrington, “And were it left to me to … Continue reading Why President Trump is Dead Wrong Regarding His “Media Are the Enemy of the People” Rhetoric, and Why Journalists Are So Important in This Age of Unreason

Would You Travel 6,200 Miles to Fight Evil?

That’s what Michigan resident Caleb Stevens did in 2017. The now 23-year-old, who spent two years at West Point, decided to join a Kurdish militia allied with the U.S. that was fighting ISIS in Syria. Yes, that ISIS. The one that beheads, burns, rapes, otherwise tortures, and kills people, and that once controlled large swathes … Continue reading Would You Travel 6,200 Miles to Fight Evil?