Illinois Nature Notes for October
Find out which plants and wildlife you can spot this month!
Prairie grasses turn many shades of fall colors at the Midewin Tallgrass Prairie.
Little bluestem prairie and other tall grasses turn their own beautiful fall colors. On a windy day it looks like a sea at Nachusa Grasslands.
Tupelo gum seeds begin to fall, copper iris matures and oyster mushrooms appear in the Cache River Wetlands.
In October, snakes begin to move from bottomland wetlands to upland bluff hibernaria near Spunky Bottoms.
Cool days and cooler nights bring on the annual movement of snakes from bottomland wetlands to upland bluff hibernaria; snakes can be seen crossing County Highway 12 at Spunky Bottoms.
Blooms of pin weed, cardinal flower, Riddell's golden rod, New England aster, swamp beggars tics and boneset can be found at Kankakee Sands.
Coots and waterfowl such as mallards, gadwell, pintail and widgeon begin arriving in larger numbers in late October, while neo-tropical migrants such as warblers are moving through the upland forests at Emiquon and Spunky Bottoms.
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