Bald eagle in flight
Bald eagles arrive at Emiquon this month. © Tom Wilson

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Illinois Nature Notes

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

Autumn activities give nature lovers plenty to see and do! Listed here are some of the many natural events occurring throughout Illinois' diverse habitats this month.

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.

Snow bunting perches on snow.
Snow buntings spend their winters in southern Illinois. © Flickr Eric Bégin

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

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

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