Periodically at First Light, First Light host Brian O’Keefe likes to get out of the office and go ‘Into the Woods’ with show friends at the DuPage Forest Preserve District. With this week’s blistering heat and humidity, instead of actually going into the woods, Brian met up with Dupage Forest Preserve District naturalist Stephanie Touzalin at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn
Every now and then, First Light host Brian O’Keefe goes ‘Into The Woods’ at the DuPage Forest Preserve District. This time around Brian visited Jennifer Rydzewski at Fullersburg Woods to talk about an event coming up next weekend. The Great American Campout encourages families to pitch a tent…get outside and get a taste of adventure
It’s been a while since we’ve gone ‘into the woods’ here at First Light, but with spring comes an increasing number of people-animal interactions. In particular, baby animal interactions. That fact also means it’s a busier than normal time at the DuPage Forest Preserve’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center and its animal hospital. First Light host Brian O’Keefe stopped by the wildlife center this week to talk with naturalist Stephanie Touzalin.
At this time of year, you may start to see the region’s largest predator on a more frequent basis. Litters of coyote pups were born earlier in the spring, those hungry mouths mean the adult animals are foraging for food and may be out more often. Last spring, First Light host Brian O’Keefe spoke with DuPage Forest Preserve naturalist Stephanie Touzalin about the frequently maligned mammal
This week, First Light host Brian O’Keefe went into the woods with DuPage Forest Preserve ranger David Sima. It has become increasingly common over the past 10 to 15 years for people to encounter wild turkeys in a number of forest preserves. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, David and Brian met at the St. James Farm Forest Preserve in west Wheaton in hopes of finding one of the county’s flocks of wild turkeys
Just inside the south entrance of the Blackwell Forest Preserve is a small brick building that is doing some remarkable work. The Urban Stream Research Center is in its sixth year of operation, but many people have little or no idea of what goes on in the mysterious little building. Aquatic Research Center Coordinator Jessi DeMartini hopes the recent open house at the Urban Stream Research Center will answer some of those questions. Jessi walked First Light host Brian O’Keefe into the center’s lab and explained what she at the other staffers hope to accomplish.
Periodically on First Light, host Brian O'Keefe takes you ‘Into the Woods’ with our friends at the DuPage Forest Preserve District for a look at the local flora and fauna. This week, Brian visited with naturalist Stephanie Touzalin at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center
Since last summer work crews have been building a new transportation infrastructure project in western DuPage County. Thursday, elected leaders and trails advocates officially opened a new section of the West Branch of the DuPage River Trail. First Light host Brian O'Keefe and Winfield Village President Erik Spande toured a portion of the trail.
Periodically at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe goes ‘Into The Woods’ to bring you a story about the local floral and fauna, you know the flowers, plants, insects, and critters that call this region home. This week, Brian stopped by the DuPage Forest Preserve District’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.
The DuPage Forest Preserve District rangers are keeping close watch after a visitor reported seeing a cougar recently in Lombard. First Light host Brian O'Keefe talked with District Director of Natural Resources Eric Neidy. He isn’t dismissing the sighting, but says there isn't evidence to back it up either
Some outdoor activities aren’t possible until the temperature dips below freezing, well below freezing. This week in the ‘Into The Woods’ segment, First Light host Brian O'Keefe took a trip to the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve recently on a cold, damp day and saw several families taking part in one of those activities