A short-eared owl rests on a log at sunset.
Short-eared owls hunt in our grasslands, especially at dawn and dusk. © Jerry am Ende

Stories in Illinois

Illinois Nature Notes

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

This page was updated on November 1, 2020.

Winter raptors such as short-eared owls, northern harriers, and additional red-tailed hawks appear at the Midewin Tallgrass Prairie.

American bald eagles start arriving in large numbers along the Illinois River Valley at Emiquon and Spunky Bottoms.

Bald cypress tree needles turn crimson red in the Cache River wetlands, while Groundhogs and painted turtles enter hibernation, beavers are busy building barriers and hornet nests appear on leafless trees.

Two blades of prairie grass.
Little Bluestem can be seen this month. © Chris Helzer/TNC

Cormorant migration peaks and wood ducks head south while snow buntings begin to arrive at the Cache River wetlands.

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.