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Posted inArt & Life

Like Golf? Like Trees? Like Birds? Head to Canal Shores, Evanston’s Community Golf Course

Canal Shores is not just for golf. It is 82 acres of green space, only about half of which is allocated to golf. The rest is occupied by habitats attractive to migrating birds.   On April 17, Canal Shores and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, which is responsible for controlling our floodwaters and cleaning our sewage, are […]

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2020: The Year of the Beavers

Beavers live at the interface of land and water where there is sufficient woody vegetation for their homes, lifestyle and food. The North American beaver, Castor canadensis, is the second-largest rodent in the world (the largest is the capybara, native to South America). Beavers can be at loggerheads with humans, despite their benefit of creating wetland habitats that support a […]

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Birds in Their Southern Winter

This article was supposed to be about how small back yard birds – the juncos, cardinals, goldfinch, chickadees, nuthatches, house finches, house sparrows, mourning doves – survive the vicissitudes of our northern winter. Do they huddle together, do they have territories they defend?  They certainly squabble at the feeders and at my heated birdbath, and […]

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Spotted Sandpipers

The Spotted Sandpiper is not your ordinary bird.  We were fortunate to have a pair nest at Clark St Beach Bird Sanctuary (CSBBS) this summer. Though seen often, the birds’ nesting behavior is unlike the Piping Plovers that nested in plain view at Montrose. Spotted Sandpipers keep their nests to themselves. Spotted sandpiper breeding territory […]