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