Into The Woods

Looking For Wild Turkeys In DuPage County

DuPage Forest Preserve Senior Ranger David Sima (left) and First Light host Brian O’Keefe went looking for wild turkeys at St. James Farm in west Wheaton

DuPage Forest Preserve Senior Ranger David Sima (left) and First Light host Brian O’Keefe went looking for wild turkeys at St. James Farm in west Wheaton

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

There are wild turkeys in the DuPage Forest Preserves, but Forest Preserve Senior Ranger David Sima and First Light host Brian O’Keefe weren’t able to find them

There are wild turkeys in the DuPage Forest Preserves, but Forest Preserve Senior Ranger David Sima and First Light host Brian O’Keefe weren’t able to find them

The Long Distance, Multi-Generational Migration of Monarch Butterflies

Periodically at First Light, host Brian O’Keefe takes listeners ‘Into the Woods’ with our friends from the DuPage Forest Preserve District. Recently, Brian stopped by the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn and met up with naturalist Stephanie Touzalin for a discussion about an amazing annual migration.

With cooler weather just around the corner, Monarch butterflies in the upper Midwest are fueling up for their trip to central Mexico

With cooler weather just around the corner, Monarch butterflies in the upper Midwest are fueling up for their trip to central Mexico

They're Wily...And They're Everywhere

photo courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage

photo courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage

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.

photo courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage

photo courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage

Dropping a Line Through The Ice

Ice Fishing at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve

Ice Fishing at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve

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

DuPage Forest Preserve Ranger Hahnz Teope used sonar to find fish under the ice

DuPage Forest Preserve Ranger Hahnz Teope used sonar to find fish under the ice