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.
“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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26 days 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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28 days ago
***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀
Last week, Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in Sycamore transferred us a juvenile raccoon that experienced an unfortunate accident and fractured her mandible. Thankfully, fractures of the mandibular symphysis (connection between the two sides of the mandible) like this are more straightforward to fix than fractures farther back on either jaw. Luckily, full radiographs showed no other significant damage, so she was anesthetized the next day for surgical repair. An orthopedic wire was threaded between needles just behind the canine teeth to stabilize the jaw. This wire will likely stay in place for 4 to 6 weeks. (She’s expected to heal a little quicker than normal due to her young age.) We're pleased to report that she's already eating soft foods and is very sassy, so we hope to get her back out into the wild this season!⠀
 #patientoftheweek  #raccoon

***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ Last week, Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in Sycamore transferred us a juvenile raccoon that experienced an unfortunate accident and fractured her mandible. Thankfully, fractures of the mandibular symphysis (connection between the two sides of the mandible) like this are more straightforward to fix than fractures farther back on either jaw. Luckily, full radiographs showed no other significant damage, so she was anesthetized the next day for surgical repair. An orthopedic wire was threaded between needles just behind the canine teeth to stabilize the jaw. This wire will likely stay in place for 4 to 6 weeks. (She’s expected to heal a little quicker than normal due to her young age.) We're pleased to report that she's already eating soft foods and is very sassy, so we hope to get her back out into the wild this season!⠀ #patientoftheweek #raccoon

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a month ago
"Flowers are the music of the ground. From earth's lips spoken without sound."⠀
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~ Edwin Curran⠀
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 #HappyMonday

"Flowers are the music of the ground. From earth's lips spoken without sound."⠀ ⠀ ~ Edwin Curran⠀ ⠀ #happymonday

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a month ago
"Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about."⠀
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~ John Mayer⠀
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 #HappyFriday

"Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about."⠀ ⠀ ~ John Mayer⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

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a month ago
***Our Willowbrook Patients of the Week***⠀
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These young patients might look prehistoric, but they're just babies! Green herons are small and stocky compared to other herons found in the area. As adults, they have very handsome plumage with deep green backs and chestnut throats and necks. ⠀
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Like their bigger family members, they sit at the edges of bodies of water waiting for something tasty to get within reach of their long, spear-like bills. Green herons will eat fish, crustaceans, insects, tadpoles, worms and small rodents. They are one of the few species of birds that has been observed using tools to acquire food. They create their own "fishing lures" with small bits of food, feathers or insects to entice fish in for a closer look and then — BAM! — snatch them with their beak.⠀
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These babies were found out of the nest and are too small to be alone. However, they're not too small to be very feisty and defensive. We’ll keep them in our care until they grow in their feathers and are fully flighted before releasing them into a DuPage forest preserve.⠀
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 #patientoftheweek  #greenheron

***Our Willowbrook Patients of the Week***⠀ ⠀ These young patients might look prehistoric, but they're just babies! Green herons are small and stocky compared to other herons found in the area. As adults, they have very handsome plumage with deep green backs and chestnut throats and necks. ⠀ ⠀ Like their bigger family members, they sit at the edges of bodies of water waiting for something tasty to get within reach of their long, spear-like bills. Green herons will eat fish, crustaceans, insects, tadpoles, worms and small rodents. They are one of the few species of birds that has been observed using tools to acquire food. They create their own "fishing lures" with small bits of food, feathers or insects to entice fish in for a closer look and then — BAM! — snatch them with their beak.⠀ ⠀ These babies were found out of the nest and are too small to be alone. However, they're not too small to be very feisty and defensive. We’ll keep them in our care until they grow in their feathers and are fully flighted before releasing them into a DuPage forest preserve.⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #greenheron

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a month ago
Make the most of daylight today! It's the last day of the year that the sun will set at 8 p.m. or later!

Make the most of daylight today! It's the last day of the year that the sun will set at 8 p.m. or later!

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a month ago
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." ⠀
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~ Frank Lloyd Wright.⠀
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 #HappyMonday

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." ⠀ ⠀ ~ Frank Lloyd Wright.⠀ ⠀ #happymonday

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a month ago
"The wonders of nature are endless."⠀
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~ Walt Disney⠀
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 #HappyFriday

"The wonders of nature are endless."⠀ ⠀ ~ Walt Disney⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

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a month ago
***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀
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We admitted this fledgling Cooper’s hawk early last week. As with great horned owls, we've seen a large increase in nestling and fledgling Cooper’s hawks this year. Most of our young Cooper’s hawks are already out in flight cages. However, this one is quite far behind, making this an extended baby season.⠀
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This little one was likely taking its first steps out of the nest and fell to the ground. While many babies are unscathed by such accidents, this one fractured the right tibiotarsus bone (the equivalent to the tibia in mammals). Thankfully, he was stable enough for surgery the next day, and our vet team was able to place multiple pins in his leg to keep it straight and stable. ⠀
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Within hours of surgery, he was standing on the leg and eagerly taking a feeding. While this young hawk will likely not be able to return to his nest due to the weeks of healing time ahead of him, we are hopeful he’ll return to the wild once healed and old enough!⠀
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 #patientoftheweek  #coopershawk

***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ ⠀ We admitted this fledgling Cooper’s hawk early last week. As with great horned owls, we've seen a large increase in nestling and fledgling Cooper’s hawks this year. Most of our young Cooper’s hawks are already out in flight cages. However, this one is quite far behind, making this an extended baby season.⠀ ⠀ This little one was likely taking its first steps out of the nest and fell to the ground. While many babies are unscathed by such accidents, this one fractured the right tibiotarsus bone (the equivalent to the tibia in mammals). Thankfully, he was stable enough for surgery the next day, and our vet team was able to place multiple pins in his leg to keep it straight and stable. ⠀ ⠀ Within hours of surgery, he was standing on the leg and eagerly taking a feeding. While this young hawk will likely not be able to return to his nest due to the weeks of healing time ahead of him, we are hopeful he’ll return to the wild once healed and old enough!⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #coopershawk

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a month ago
“Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.” ⠀
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~ Soren Kierkegaard⠀
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 #HappyMonday

“Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.” ⠀ ⠀ ~ Soren Kierkegaard⠀ ⠀ #happymonday

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a month ago
"Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive."⠀
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~ Hafez⠀
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 #happyfriday

"Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive."⠀ ⠀ ~ Hafez⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

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