Morning dew on asters.
Morning dew on asters © Chris Anderson/TNC

Stories in Illinois

Illinois Nature Notes

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

Fall is arriving at Illinois preserves! Listed here are some of the many natural events occurring throughout Illinois' diverse habitats this month.

Blazing stars and heather aster are in bloom at Nachusa Grasslands.

Jewelweed seedpods ripen and white and black oak acorns are falling in the Cache River wetlands as bats begin to enter hibernation and deer rut starts.

Wood ducks are staging and roosting nightly in the lotus beds at Spunky Bottoms.

Great blue heron stands along the Kishwaukee River at sunrise.
Great blue heron on the Kishwaukee River. © Charles Larry

In late September, gentians, asters and ferns bloom at Indian Boundary Prairies.

At Emiquon, late migrating shorebirds can be seen on mud flats around Thompson Lake.

Large concentrations of great egrets, little blue herons, great blue herons, black-crowned herons and the occasional snowy egret can be seen around lake margins and shallows at Emiquon and Spunky Bottoms.

Insects climb on the yellow blooms of stiff goldenrod.
Stiff goldenrod can be found throughout most of Illinois. © Bob Bork

Boltonia decurrens (Federally Threatened) are in full bloom and asters are blooming along the Illinois River at Emiquon and Spunky Bottoms.

Blooms of bidens, gentian, asters and goldenrods at the Midewin Tallgrass Prairie.

Blooms of purple false fox glove, flat top aster, saw toothed sunflower, rice cut grass, and rough golden rod at Kankakee Sands.

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