A bald eagle sits in a tree at TNC's Emiquon preserve.
Emiquon Bald eagle © Laura Stoecker

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Illinois Nature Notes

Find out which plants and wildlife you can spot this month!

The leaves might be falling, but there's a lot going on in Illinois in November! Here's a list of natural events occurring throughout Illinois' diverse habitats this month. Look below to find out what our Conservation Director recommends!

  • Bald cypress tree needles turn crimson red at the Grassy Slough Preserve in the Cache River wetlands.
  • Groundhogs and painted turtles enter hibernation, beavers are busy building barriers and hornet nests appear on leafless trees at the Grassy Slough Preserve in the Cache River wetlands.
  • American bald eagles start arriving in large numbers along the Illinois River Valley at Emiquon and Spunky Bottoms.
  • Cormorant migration peaks and wood ducks head south while snow buntings begin to arrive at theGrassy Slough Preserve in the Cache River wetlands.
  • Arrival of winter raptors such as short-eared owls, northern harriers, and additional red-tailed hawks at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
  • Colors abound at Kankakee Sands when bottle gentian bloom, sassafras trees turn orange and red, oaks turn brown and yellow, and little blue stem grass turns orange.