Information You Can Use
Ash Tree Central
BPD Staffers Ron Bettenhausen and Kate Doric recently discovered Blue Ash on sloped woodlands near Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Read the full article at the link above.
Take Me Fishing
TakeMeFishing.org has something for everyone, from the experienced angler to the first-timer. From what equipment you need, to fishing safety, to how to cook your catch - we've got you covered.
Will County Forest Preserve District
The Forest Preserve District of Will County restores, preserves and protects the forests and prairies of Will County for the purpose of the education, pleasure, and recreation of its residents.
Corlands (The Corporation for Open Lands)
Formed in 1977, CorLands is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help communities in northeastern Illinois increase the quantity and quality of open space for public enjoyment. Using a variety of conservation tools, it has helped local governments and private landowners save more than 10,000 acres of open space, valued at more than $400 million. CorLands is an affiliate of Openlands Project, a nonprofit conservation organization that is among the oldest in the nation.
The Conservation Foundation
The Conservation Foundation is a not-for-profit land and watershed protection organization established in 1972 by business and community leaders. Preserve open space and natural lands, protect rivers and watersheds, and promote stewardship of our environment. The CF maintains a support base of nearly 4000 members and donors and focuses on DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties in Illinois.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources manages, protects and sustains Illinois' natural and cultural resources; provides resource-compatible recreational opportunities and promotes natural resource-related issues for the public's safety and education. By exploring this Web site, you will learn how you can enjoy the natural wonders of our state, purchase a fishing or hunting license, tour our state parks or link to exhibits at the state museum.
Illinois Natural History Survey
Since 1858, the Illinois Natural History Survey has been the guardian and recorder of the biological resources of Illinois--the stae's biological memory. With a staff of over 200 scientists and technicians, it is recognized as the premier natural history survey in the nation. Over the years, its mission has remained fairly constant: to investigate the diversity, life histories, and ecology of the plants and animals of the state; to publish research results so that those resources can be managed wisely; and to provide information to the public in order to foster an understanding and appreciation of our natural heritage.
From The Illinos Steward, Spring 1999
Living with Wildlife in Illinois
This excellent site will help you identify animals, provides suggestions on ways to prevent problems, provides a wildlife directory and answers health and safety questions. This site also guides users on determining whether or not you need an animal control permit as well as what to do with sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.
Emerald Ash Borer
Don't move firewood! Keep your eye out for this unwanted beetle! Emerald ash borer (EAB), (Agrilus planipennis) is an exotic beetle that was found in Michigan in the summer of 2002. This beetle, in its immature stage (larvae) is known to feed on the inner part of Ash tree bark destroying the trees ability to uptake water and other nutrients. Because of this, millions of Ash trees are being devastated. Locally, ash trees make up a large portion of our woodlands and line our streets and parkways. With this beetle being confirmed in surrounding areas, the Park District is working to prevent the loss of our Ash trees.
How to spot it…
An adult Ash Borer beetle is roughly 3/8 to 5/8 inch long with metallic green wing covers and a coppery red or purple abdomen. They may be present from late May through early September but are most common in June and July. The most visible sign that a tree is infected is crown dieback, meaning that the top of the tree will begin to wilt and branches will begin to die. Small branches called suckers will also begin to grow from the base of the tree. This is a sign that the tree is fighting to survive. The bark may begin to split and woodpeckers will feed on the beetle larvae and leave visible damage on the tree. A “D” shaped exit hole on the bark and serpentine bore pattern beneath the bark are other indicators.
How to solve the problem…
The easiest way to prevent further spread of the Ash borer is to not transport firewood. If you find evidence of the ash borer or questions about this invasive feel free to contact the Hidden Oaks Nature Center at (630) 739-2600.
Poison ivy Toxicodendron radicans
“Leaves of three, Let it be”
This plant can be identified by three leaflets. The middle leaflet has a longer stalk than the two side leaves. Leaflet edges can be either toothed or smooth. Leaves can vary in size and are reddish when they emerge in the spring, green during the summer, and become various shades of orange, yellow, or red in the fall. Small green flowers grow in bunches attached to the main stem where each leaf joins it. Later in the season, clusters of poisonous, berrylike drupes can be seen. These berries are white in color with a waxy look. Poison Ivy can take different forms. You may find small creeping plant forms, upright vines in trees, or shrub like woody varieties. Virginia creeper, a five leafed woody vine which is prevalent in our woodlands, is often mistaken for poison ivy.
How do I get Poison Ivy?
You can get poison ivy from touching it or touching something that has touched it such as your clothes, shoes, or a pet. You normally get it from touching the leaves but coming in contact with the vines, even in winter, can cause a reaction.
Is everyone allergic to poison ivy?
Some people seem to be immune to poison ivy. However, immunity can change with age so always take caution.
What do I do if I am exposed to poison ivy?
Within an hour of exposure rinse the area with cold water to remove any oils. Do not use hot water because it can open pores and allow for the oil to absorb and possibly spread. There are also products available to use to help remove any oils after exposure. Waiting until the next day is too late.