About this time, every year phones at DuPage Forest Preserve District offices start ringing. With leaves off the trees and an occasional coating of snow on the ground, the concern about the presence of coyotes in the area peaks. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with Forest Preserve animal ecologist Dan Thompson. He thinks coyote numbers are a little higher than they used to be, but not dramatically
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
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
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.