Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The trees will be tapped at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at Ryerson Woods. Maple syrup hikes will be offered the first three weeks in March.
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Wednesday, February 13
A sure sign that spring is on the way is the tapping of sugar maple trees at Ryerson Conservation Area near Riverwoods. This year, however, drought conditions that have continued since spring of 2012 are being taken into account. With the recent snow and cold weather, last summer's dry heat seems like a distant memory. Yet, it was only this past week that the National Weather Service officially changed its "moderate drought" designation to "abnormally dry" for most of Lake County. While every drop of rain and flake of snow are helping to slowly ease our way out of last summer's dryness, the damage already done by the drought will determine the sweetness of this spring. Ryerson is one of the few local areas where climate conditions are …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Find ways to enjoy the beautiful colors in and around town.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
After a long hot summer, the crisp air of fall and the bright colors of the leaves are a refreshing change. Take this opportunity to get outside for a walk or a bike ride in one of the many beautiful places we've found to enjoy the foliage. Or let us know where you like best in the comments section below. Heller Nature Center, Highland Park This 97-acre property maintained by the park district offers three miles of marked trails for casual strolls to admire the scenery or serious nature hikes, as the land is maintained as a haven for native plants and animals. Here you'll find a forest, prairie, wetlands and savanna. Visitors can bring picnics on the trails through this oak-hickory forest, but must leave bikes and motorized vehicles in the…
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Whole Foods raises money for local organization.
Friends of Ryerson Woods wants you to stock up on groceries at Whole Foods on Wednesday. That’s because the Deerfield location will be donating 5 percent of its net sales from the day to the local organization. Friends of Ryerson Woods uses the Lake County Preserve to improve resident’s understanding and appreciation for nature as well as provide opportunities for them to enjoy it. Organizers say they’re honored that Whole Foods picked them to be the recipient of this fundraising event and are encouraging the community to come out and shop.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Before the white stuff disappears for good there are some things we should watch out for.
I know I’m not the only one who likes to go on an adventure every once in a while. But what if I don’t want to travel very far to do it? The good news, there are new things to discover in our own backyards thanks to Mother Nature’s recent winter wonderland. While at Ryerson Woods in Deerfield last week I asked Lake County Forest Preserves Director Nan Buckardt exactly what I should be looking for and she had plenty of suggestions. Click on the video clip to see what she had to say.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
A roundup of the region's major developments for Tuesday Feb. 8.
Here are the top stories from Patch sites in your area: $2 Million Verdict in "A Bernie Madoff Scam” District 219 Lets 10 Tenured Teachers Go VIDEO: Lack of Food Turns Squirrels on Deerfield’s Trees Morton Grove Resident Treks "Into the Cold" of the North Pole Photo Gallery: Kiss FM Co-hosts Students' Battle of the Bands
Find out what’s damaging Sugar Maples at Ryerson Woods.
It might not sound appetizing to you but area squirrels are feasting on a local conservation area. Sugar Maples at Ryerson Woods in Deerfield have become a dinner substitute for a growing squirrel population that is trying to cope with a lack of food. “There wasn’t a lot of acorns last fall, so they are a little bit stretched for food,” explained Nan Buckardt with the Lake County Forest Preserves. “So ripping off the bark and eating that layer, they get fairly good nutrition compared to any other things that they may find to eat right now.” A normal Ryerson Woods visitor might not notice the stripped trees but once you know what to look for, they’re easy to spot. Deerfield Patch headed to the Lake County Preserve to checkout the damage.