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.
"I never get tired of the blue sky." ⠀
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~ Vincent Van Gogh⠀
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 #HappyFriday

"I never get tired of the blue sky." ⠀ ⠀ ~ Vincent Van Gogh⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

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9 days ago
***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀
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Unfortunately, we treat many animals stuck in glue traps every year, but we usually don’t see four at once. Last week, we admitted four garter snakes that were all stuck in two glue traps. Removal is an extremely stressful process, so the snakes were sedated. We use a mixture of oil and dust to free most glue-trap patients to minimize damage to underlying tissue and scales (or feathers or fur, as birds and mammals also get stuck in these traps). ⠀
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There are humane ways to trap or keep wildlife from in and around the home; glue traps are never recommended. Live traps are available in a variety of sizes to safely catch unwanted creatures, but be sure to check into Illinois wildlife laws about trapping and relocation. Better yet, preventing access in the first place will eliminate the need for trapping. A thorough investigation around doors, windows, and other areas may reveal tiny entrance points snakes or mice can get in. Filling or repairing openings and using covers over vents, chimneys and window wells keep wildlife out.⠀
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Unfortunately, the smallest snake was too weak to survive the ordeal, but the three larger snakes recovered and were released back into a forest preserve.⠀
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 #patientoftheweek  #gartersnake

***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ ⠀ Unfortunately, we treat many animals stuck in glue traps every year, but we usually don’t see four at once. Last week, we admitted four garter snakes that were all stuck in two glue traps. Removal is an extremely stressful process, so the snakes were sedated. We use a mixture of oil and dust to free most glue-trap patients to minimize damage to underlying tissue and scales (or feathers or fur, as birds and mammals also get stuck in these traps). ⠀ ⠀ There are humane ways to trap or keep wildlife from in and around the home; glue traps are never recommended. Live traps are available in a variety of sizes to safely catch unwanted creatures, but be sure to check into Illinois wildlife laws about trapping and relocation. Better yet, preventing access in the first place will eliminate the need for trapping. A thorough investigation around doors, windows, and other areas may reveal tiny entrance points snakes or mice can get in. Filling or repairing openings and using covers over vents, chimneys and window wells keep wildlife out.⠀ ⠀ Unfortunately, the smallest snake was too weak to survive the ordeal, but the three larger snakes recovered and were released back into a forest preserve.⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #gartersnake

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11 days ago
“By discovering nature, you discover yourself.” ⠀⠀
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~ Maxime Lagacé⠀⠀
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 #HappyMonday

“By discovering nature, you discover yourself.” ⠀⠀ ⠀ ~ Maxime Lagacé⠀⠀ ⠀ #happymonday

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13 days ago
Enjoy the serenity of the blue skies and bird songs in this week's Scenic Sunday filmed at Wood Dale Grove's South Woods Marsh.

Enjoy the serenity of the blue skies and bird songs in this week's Scenic Sunday filmed at Wood Dale Grove's South Woods Marsh.

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14 days ago
“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”⠀⠀
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~ John Muir⠀⠀
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 #HappyFriday

“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”⠀⠀ ⠀ ~ John Muir⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #happyfriday

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16 days ago
***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀
About a month ago, an adult great blue heron was brought in with significant trauma to the right wing. On X-rays, our veterinary team could tell that he had fractured both the major and minor metacarpals. What’s worse, the fractures were open. With fractures this close to the carpus (or wrist joint), surgical repair can be challenging, and poor healing can lead to permanent decreased range of motion. Open fractures sometimes don’t heal despite aggressive antibiotic therapy. So we fashioned a splint out of “Sam splint,” the same material used to splint human fingers. After numerous bandage changes (every 2-3 days) and physical therapy, we're happy that not only did his wound and fractures heal, but he has maintained the range of motion at his carpus! He has been outside for most of his stay here (not only is he large and challenging to confine to a cage, but heron species are extremely prone to stress, so it’s ideal to house them in quiet areas), but he was recently moved into our largest avian flight cage to continue his flight conditioning prior to release! ⠀
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 #patientoftheweek  #greatblueheron

***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ About a month ago, an adult great blue heron was brought in with significant trauma to the right wing. On X-rays, our veterinary team could tell that he had fractured both the major and minor metacarpals. What’s worse, the fractures were open. With fractures this close to the carpus (or wrist joint), surgical repair can be challenging, and poor healing can lead to permanent decreased range of motion. Open fractures sometimes don’t heal despite aggressive antibiotic therapy. So we fashioned a splint out of “Sam splint,” the same material used to splint human fingers. After numerous bandage changes (every 2-3 days) and physical therapy, we're happy that not only did his wound and fractures heal, but he has maintained the range of motion at his carpus! He has been outside for most of his stay here (not only is he large and challenging to confine to a cage, but heron species are extremely prone to stress, so it’s ideal to house them in quiet areas), but he was recently moved into our largest avian flight cage to continue his flight conditioning prior to release! ⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #greatblueheron

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18 days ago
What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?⠀
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~ E. M. Forster⠀
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 #HappyMonday

What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?⠀ ⠀ ~ E. M. Forster⠀ ⠀ #happymonday

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20 days ago
In this week's Scenic Sunday, enjoy the swaying grasses at Spring Creek Reservoir, and hear the occasional frog song, too!💨🌾🐸

In this week's Scenic Sunday, enjoy the swaying grasses at Spring Creek Reservoir, and hear the occasional frog song, too!💨🌾🐸

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21 days ago
“The greener the setting, the more the relief.”⠀⠀
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~ Richard Louv⠀⠀
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 #happyfriday

“The greener the setting, the more the relief.”⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ ~ Richard Louv⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ #happyfriday

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23 days ago
***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀
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These tiny patients are black-capped chickadees! While these cute little birds are abundant in sight and song all year in DuPage County, they tend to nest in more secretive places, and we don’t see that many babies come in for treatment. As cavity nesters, they also aren’t as prone to blowing or falling out of nests. We aren’t sure what the story is for this clutch of seven as they were found in a parking lot, but with nowhere to go back to, they needed to stay for care. They are keeping the staff caring for them on their toes with feedings every fifteen minutes, or when they start begging, whichever comes first.⠀
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Chickadees are bold birds for their size. They are some of the first in the forest to alert to the presence of a predator and communicate that loudly. The familiar chick-a-dee-dee-dee calls increase in frequency, even adding more “dees” to the call the bigger the threat is. We witnessed this once during the release of a Northern saw-whet owl. The chickadees immediately approached, calling angrily and got the whole neighborhood of birds in on the harassment until the little owl decided to move to a quieter spot. ⠀
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For birders out there looking for warblers, listen for chickadees. They are usually checking in with each other using contact calls, and warblers often blend in with chickadee groups relying on them to stay together and learn from these residents where the best local feeding sites are.⠀
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 #patientoftheweek  #blackcappedchickadee

***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ ⠀ These tiny patients are black-capped chickadees! While these cute little birds are abundant in sight and song all year in DuPage County, they tend to nest in more secretive places, and we don’t see that many babies come in for treatment. As cavity nesters, they also aren’t as prone to blowing or falling out of nests. We aren’t sure what the story is for this clutch of seven as they were found in a parking lot, but with nowhere to go back to, they needed to stay for care. They are keeping the staff caring for them on their toes with feedings every fifteen minutes, or when they start begging, whichever comes first.⠀ ⠀ Chickadees are bold birds for their size. They are some of the first in the forest to alert to the presence of a predator and communicate that loudly. The familiar chick-a-dee-dee-dee calls increase in frequency, even adding more “dees” to the call the bigger the threat is. We witnessed this once during the release of a Northern saw-whet owl. The chickadees immediately approached, calling angrily and got the whole neighborhood of birds in on the harassment until the little owl decided to move to a quieter spot. ⠀ ⠀ For birders out there looking for warblers, listen for chickadees. They are usually checking in with each other using contact calls, and warblers often blend in with chickadee groups relying on them to stay together and learn from these residents where the best local feeding sites are.⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #blackcappedchickadee

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25 days ago
It’s the time of year when you may run across a fawn (baby deer) alone and believe it is orphaned. If the fawn is lying down calmly and quietly, it’s probably OK and its mother is nearby. A doe only visits and nurses a fawn a few times a day to avoid attracting predators to the spot, so the fawn is probably fine and should be left alone.

It’s the time of year when you may run across a fawn (baby deer) alone and believe it is orphaned. If the fawn is lying down calmly and quietly, it’s probably OK and its mother is nearby. A doe only visits and nurses a fawn a few times a day to avoid attracting predators to the spot, so the fawn is probably fine and should be left alone.

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27 days ago
"If you stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable." ⠀
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~ Rainer Maria Rilkel⠀
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 #HappyMonday

"If you stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable." ⠀ ⠀ ~ Rainer Maria Rilkel⠀ ⠀ #happymonday

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27 days ago