Environment

The eastern or common mole, is also known as Scalopus aquaticus, does not live in water, though its large front feet do an admirable job of swimming through soil.  Photo credit:  Dr. William J. Weber

Good Natured: What's in a Name?

​So last week we dipped a pinky toe into the pool that is scientific b...
Peck Farm in Geneva

Capture Kane / Peck Farm

​Thank you, Mark Falcone of Geneva, for sending this picture of the ev...
Plan a road trip to check out the beautiful fall foliage using an online map.

Fall is Officially Here! Plan a Trip to View the Peak Fall Colors with Online Map

​Today is the first official day of fall and the leaves on area trees ...
Floodplain Awareness Week

2022 Kane County Virtual Floodplain Awareness Open House

Kane County Department of Environmental and Water Resources invites yo...
The eastern kingbird, Tyrannus tyrannus, gets its scientific name from its tyrant-like approach to territory defense, which can include defensive strikes at squirrels, crows and even hawks. Photo credit:  US Fish & Wildlife

Good Natured: It's Greek to Me

​I've been in a literature sort of mood recently, and have come to rea...
Kane County will hold its next event for document shredding and latex and aerosol paint collection on October 8.

Navigate Safe Paint Disposal with New Map of Drop-Off Locations

​​​Kane County Recycling Coordinator Clair Ryan receives a s...
The Kane County Board has approved additional funding for the Fabulous Fox! Water Trail project in hopes of enhancing tourism and interest in protecting the river.

Fox River Tourism in Kane County to Get $1.2 Million Boost

​The Kane County Board has approved additional funding for infrastruct...
Think you're seeing monarchs mating?  Look again!  These two butterflies are viceroys, distinguished from monarchs by the dark line across the hindwing and by a host of lifestyle differences.

Good Natured: The Vivacious and Vibrant Viceroy

​I'd wager that most people—even those that don't care for the outdoor...
A family of white-tailed deer cross the Gilman Trail in Aurora in winter.

'Chronic Wasting Disease' in Deer Subject of IDNR Meetings in Northern Illinois

​Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal disease that impacts the cen...
This interesting artifact is the cast skin, or exoskeleton, of a dragonfly nymph that has emerged from the water and molted into adulthood.

Good Natured: The Season of Shed Skins

​Well, it's that time of year again, the Season of Shed Skins...
Paddling down the Fox River is just one of many outdoor activities you can enjoy during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Kane County Offers 'Staycation' Holiday Activities for All Ages

​ If Labor Day weekend plans call for a 'staycation', Kane County...
Hello world!  After spending somewhere between two and five years underground, this cicada sheds its hard outer covering one more time in preparation for its final stage of life.

Good Natured: The Cicada

​When was the last time you saw a little green man...