Ty Kovach reminisces about growing up on a farm in Minnesota. He now grows heirloom peppers in his Gurnee home — handed down for two centuries. Read more here.
Quote from Kelly Schultz of the Lake County Forest Preserves about finding the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee at Greenbelt Forest Preserve. Read more here.
Photo below courtesy of Kelly Schultz, taken at Greenbelt Forest Preserve.
Reena Bowman of the USFWS talks about why five piping plovers were transferred from Wisconsin to Lake County, Illinois. Piping plovers are federally endangered. Read more here.
Photo copyright Dawn Fronk. This juvenile plover was discovered at Waukegan Beach after it flew south from Illinois Beach State Park.
Gary R. Soper, wildlife photographer describes Comet Neowise in a story I wrote about the comet everyone is rushing to see in the night sky. Read more here.
Ted Wollert, who has been watching osprey raise chicks at Moraine Hills State Park. Read story here Photo below taken by Doug Reitz..
Dr. Michelle Cox talks about how the cancellation of the Lake County Fair is affecting 4-hers and the virtual competition planned for this season. Photo below of Lake County Fair by Sheryl DeVore. Read more.
From my column on irises and summer solstice. Photo below of blue flag iris by Steven D. Bailey.Read here.
Read my outdoor column for more on the Reed-Turner Woodland and Baltimore orioles. Photo of Baltimore oriole by John Heneghan. All rights reserved.
Quote from Lake County historian Diana Dretske about creating a historical account of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Read the story here.
Read my outdoor column on the merry month of May. The photo below is of great white trillium taken by the author at Wright Woods in Vernon Hills.