Illinois Nature Notes
Find out which plants and wildlife you can spot this month!
January brings animal tracks and breeding bobcats. See below for all the natural events occurring throughout Illinois' diverse habitats this month and what our Conservation Director recommends!
Bald eagles are in peak season at Emiquon looking for fish and other food.
While the wetlands have iced over at Spunky Bottoms, muskrats are busy building their lodges, which can be up to eight feet wide and five feet tall.
For bucks, rutting season is ending, and they begin to shed their antlers, but for bobcats and beavers breeding is just beginning in the Cache River wetlands.
At Midewin, enjoy a snowy hike or some cross country skiing while winter raptors such as long and short-eared owls, rough-legged hawks, northern shrikes and northern harriers fly overhead.