Digging into Urban Nature at Columbus Park.

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By Deb Quantock McCarey

Contributing reporter/Nature blogger

In the early mornings, for several months now, Kevin and I have been heading into the natural beauty that is our nearby touch of urban nature:  Columbus Park in Chicago. 


With virtually no reruns, it's our own Nat Geo station, unplugged, AND this is a compilation of beauty shots that is  our latest DBB nature short, "Digging into Urban Nature at Columbus Park."

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Deb Quantock McCarey  

Posted: June 17th, 2016 9:51 PM

Hey Barbara- Yes...the Big Blue is hanging out in the local parks (with water features), and hunting koi in backyard ponds. Feeders? Wow. Suzanne, Great story! We want everyone to know/get that Columbus Park is a gorgeous, natural resource.

Suzanne Vestuto from Oak Park  

Posted: June 16th, 2016 8:41 PM

Many thanks for this beautiful local, nature piece!! Grew up in Austin (moved to OP after college), and my Mom would take us four kids and a neighbor child or two to the Lagoon to fish or swim at the pool. Remember a vivid scene where a live crab was spotted in the water. So a man fishing nearby picked it up, broke it up for bait & put it on the little boys fishing lines. They were thrilled! We truly appreciate your time & efforts to bring us this video!! Enjoy summer!!

Barbara Purington  

Posted: June 16th, 2016 6:27 PM

Great Blue Heron! Wow! Years ago, I travelled to Big Cedar Lake, Wisc. and had to paddle a canoe a distance to the Great Blue Heron nesting grounds near Little Penny Island to see one. How wonderful they've extended their range to Columbus Park. Cooper's Hawk sited at neighbor's bird feeder last Oct., and it was huge. Keep your eyes skyward.

Deb Quantock McCarey  

Posted: June 16th, 2016 5:10 PM

Thanks Judith! We are always amazed at what we see -- wild life and naturalized native plantings -- at Columbus Park.

Judith Alexander from Oak Park  

Posted: June 16th, 2016 12:00 PM

This is absolutely wonderful, Deb! Thanks so much for creating this and sharing it with us.

Deb Quantock McCarey  

Posted: June 16th, 2016 8:41 AM

Thanks Kathleen, you are correct. To compile this vid it took multiple visits. We are planning to do a part 2, hopefully "starring" a Coopers Hawk on the hunt.

Kathleen Gunning from Charleston   

Posted: June 16th, 2016 5:19 AM

Nice work! I'm curious. I suspect the sitings occurred over numerous visits, but if it was this was one visit....wow! Thanks for the virtual nature tour of Columbus Park!

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