DuPage Forest

@dupageforest

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We've connected people to nature for more than 100 years at 60 forest preserves containing nearly 26,000 acres.
"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature." ⠀⠀
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~ Gerard De Nerval⠀⠀
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 #HappyFriday

"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature." ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ~ Gerard De Nerval⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #happyfriday

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4 months ago
***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***
 
This week’s patient is a tiny American toad. Weighing only 18 grams — or a little over .5 ounces — this wee one was accidently dug up when a homeowner was planting a tree and suffered multiple fractures of his left rear leg. Thankfully, he appeared otherwise healthy. Despite his small size, surgical repair was the best option given that multiple bones were affected and amphibians don’t love to wear bandages.
 
Amphibians can absorb anesthetics through their skin, so we used an immersion anesthetic commonly used for fish known as MS-222 to get this guy nice and sleepy. We added MS-222 to water to create the ideal concentration, which can vary even between amphibian species. Once anesthetized, this patient was moved onto a paper towel soaked in MS-222 to provide continued anesthesia and better sterile preparation. We used the smallest pins we have to stabilize the femur and tibia fractures. The pins were then cut and connected with an acrylic ball.
 
While we don’t expect full use of the limb until the pins are out (they keep the leg rigidly fixed in flexion), we’re thankful that he has maintained use of the foot and appears to be tolerating the pins well. We’re hopeful that this little one will heal up in time to be released this year so he won’t require overwintering.
 
 #patientoftheweek  #americantoad

***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week*** This week’s patient is a tiny American toad. Weighing only 18 grams — or a little over .5 ounces — this wee one was accidently dug up when a homeowner was planting a tree and suffered multiple fractures of his left rear leg. Thankfully, he appeared otherwise healthy. Despite his small size, surgical repair was the best option given that multiple bones were affected and amphibians don’t love to wear bandages. Amphibians can absorb anesthetics through their skin, so we used an immersion anesthetic commonly used for fish known as MS-222 to get this guy nice and sleepy. We added MS-222 to water to create the ideal concentration, which can vary even between amphibian species. Once anesthetized, this patient was moved onto a paper towel soaked in MS-222 to provide continued anesthesia and better sterile preparation. We used the smallest pins we have to stabilize the femur and tibia fractures. The pins were then cut and connected with an acrylic ball. While we don’t expect full use of the limb until the pins are out (they keep the leg rigidly fixed in flexion), we’re thankful that he has maintained use of the foot and appears to be tolerating the pins well. We’re hopeful that this little one will heal up in time to be released this year so he won’t require overwintering. #patientoftheweek #americantoad

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4 months ago
“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”⠀
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~ Zen Shin⠀
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 #HappyMonday  #MondayMotivation

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”⠀ ⠀ ~ Zen Shin⠀ ⠀ #happymonday #MondayMotivation

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4 months ago
"There is a time in the last few days of summer when the ripeness of autumn fills the air."⠀
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~ Rudolfo Anaya⠀
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 #HappyFriday

"There is a time in the last few days of summer when the ripeness of autumn fills the air."⠀ ⠀ ~ Rudolfo Anaya⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

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4 months ago
“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”⠀
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~ Charles Darwin⠀
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 #HappyMonday

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”⠀ ⠀ ~ Charles Darwin⠀ ⠀ #happymonday

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4 months ago
“Wherever you are, be all there!”⠀
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~ Jim Elliot⠀
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 #happyfriday

“Wherever you are, be all there!”⠀ ⠀ ~ Jim Elliot⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

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4 months ago
***Our Willowbrook Patients of the Week***⠀
These little birds signal the end of baby bird season for us. American goldfinches are among the latest nesters of the season and that's due to the availability of the food resources they rely on — seeds! As all our wildlife keepers can attest, these little birds are difficult and time consuming to raise. Their tiny size means they need very frequent feedings, and getting these delicate little birds to transition from syringe feeding to self feeding takes much longer than other species. With 48 of these babies admitted in the past month, it makes us appreciate the enormous task goldfinch parents go through to raise their families each year as well as keeping themselves in good condition to be able to deliver. Thankfully, the last of our babies are experimenting with eating on their own. We also like to supplement our seed mixes with native prairie plants so they can sample them and prepare for the time we are counting down to release!⠀
 #patientoftheweek  #americangoldfinch

***Our Willowbrook Patients of the Week***⠀ These little birds signal the end of baby bird season for us. American goldfinches are among the latest nesters of the season and that's due to the availability of the food resources they rely on — seeds! As all our wildlife keepers can attest, these little birds are difficult and time consuming to raise. Their tiny size means they need very frequent feedings, and getting these delicate little birds to transition from syringe feeding to self feeding takes much longer than other species. With 48 of these babies admitted in the past month, it makes us appreciate the enormous task goldfinch parents go through to raise their families each year as well as keeping themselves in good condition to be able to deliver. Thankfully, the last of our babies are experimenting with eating on their own. We also like to supplement our seed mixes with native prairie plants so they can sample them and prepare for the time we are counting down to release!⠀ #patientoftheweek #americangoldfinch

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4 months ago
“What a lonely place it would be to have a world without a wildflower!”⠀
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~ Roland R. Kemler⠀
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 #HappyMonday

“What a lonely place it would be to have a world without a wildflower!”⠀ ⠀ ~ Roland R. Kemler⠀ ⠀ #happymonday

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4 months ago
"A walk in nature walks the soul back home."⠀
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~ Mary Davis⠀
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 #HappyFriday

"A walk in nature walks the soul back home."⠀ ⠀ ~ Mary Davis⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

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4 months ago
***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀
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Red-shouldered hawks are smaller and not as common as red-tailed hawks in DuPage County. An experienced birder can easily identify a red-shouldered hawk, but they're often mistaken for juvenile red-tailed hawks, Cooper's hawks and broad-winged hawks.⠀
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This juvenile red-shouldered hawk was brought to Willowbrook on July 24 after being found on the ground not moving around well. The rescuer described the hawk as “docile,” which is abnormal behavior for a juvenile hawk under any circumstances. An exam showed the hawk was experiencing symptoms that could be related to head trauma or West Nile virus. ⠀
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He spent about two weeks in ICU, where he was given medications to help with inflammation and pain, fluids, and a well-balanced diet. He improved greatly and was then moved into our raptor flight facility, where he will continue to recuperate until cleared for release.⠀
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 #patientoftheweek  #redshoulderedhawk

***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ ⠀ Red-shouldered hawks are smaller and not as common as red-tailed hawks in DuPage County. An experienced birder can easily identify a red-shouldered hawk, but they're often mistaken for juvenile red-tailed hawks, Cooper's hawks and broad-winged hawks.⠀ ⠀ This juvenile red-shouldered hawk was brought to Willowbrook on July 24 after being found on the ground not moving around well. The rescuer described the hawk as “docile,” which is abnormal behavior for a juvenile hawk under any circumstances. An exam showed the hawk was experiencing symptoms that could be related to head trauma or West Nile virus. ⠀ ⠀ He spent about two weeks in ICU, where he was given medications to help with inflammation and pain, fluids, and a well-balanced diet. He improved greatly and was then moved into our raptor flight facility, where he will continue to recuperate until cleared for release.⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #redshoulderedhawk

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5 months ago
“Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."⠀
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~ Hans Christian Anderson⠀
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 #HappyMonday  #MondayMorning

“Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."⠀ ⠀ ~ Hans Christian Anderson⠀ ⠀ #happymonday #mondaymorning

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5 months ago
“A bird doesn't sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song.”⠀
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~ Joan Walsh Anglund⠀
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 #HappyFriday

“A bird doesn't sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song.”⠀ ⠀ ~ Joan Walsh Anglund⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

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