Archive | March, 2016

Bald Eagle Spotted in Chicago, Basking In Its Glory at Rainbow Beach Dunes

7 Mar

A bald eagle photographed on Chicago’s South Side near Rainbow Beach Dunes. View Full Caption  (c)Jerry Goldner

Source: Bald Eagle Spotted in Chicago, Basking In Its Glory at Rainbow Beach Dunes via DNAInfo

CHICAGO — While driving on Chicago’s South Side recently, veteran wildlife photographer Jerry Goldner noticed three crows bothering a large bird.

Goldner at first thought the bird being harassed on a tree near Rainbow Beach Dunes and the vacant former South Works steel mill site was a great horned owl.

But, upon further inspection, Goldner realized it was a mature bald eagle…


Monarch Conservation Strategies

6 Mar

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Chris Helzer (The Prairie Ecologist) of The Nature Conservancy updates us on conservation of Monarch butterflies and what we can do to help. Read his report and plant more Asclepiads!

Last week, I attended a conference aimed at creating a statewide conservation plan for monarch butterflies.  The meeting was really informative and thought-provoking.  I learned a great deal about …

Source: Monarch Conservation Strategies

March 26: Community Stewardship Workday

6 Mar


Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes on Saturday March 26 for the first workday of 2016!

Winter on the dunes was a mild one: warm temperatures and not many big storms. As a result, the foredune didn’t grow much this year; we’re likely to see lots of insects (they didn’t die off in a deep freeze); and the early spring will bring native blooms in just a few more weeks. You’ll also want to see the aftermath of a controlled burn in the autumn of the upper savanna: native species will soon overtake the invasive ones after the burn.

At the workday, we’ll survey the effects of winter together and pick up trash that has been tossed on shore and blown into the nature area.   Join us Saturday March 26 from 10am-12pm. 

Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it could be cold and windy! Sturdy shoes, long pants and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP here, and contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio ( or Jen Raber ( with questions.


Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.
By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
By car, you can only access the park at the southern end.
From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Field House. Go to the southeast end of this lot and park. Meet at the entrance to the Nature Area, which is located at the southern end of the beach (look for the banner!).

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