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     February 15, 2018      #31-45 a2z
 
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A visitor from the arctic tundra, this young snow goose stands on one foot on ice near photographer Sharlene Parr's Kankakee River home. It was with several hundred white-fronted geese that stopped on the river for a couple days. Cornell Lab of Ornithology says snow geese don't like to travel alone

Flock to the forest preserves

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is promoting a winter "Flock to the Forest Preserves" program to take advantage of a wide variety of avian-oriented outings.

Program offerings range from beginning birding to views of the amazing woodcock's mating ritual. View winter resident birds and those that migrate back and forth during winter. Some birds are only passing through and heading north for the summer, and others are heading back home from their southern winter journeys.

"Bird-viewing conditions tend to be better during the winter," said Chris Gutmann, facility supervisor at the Forest Preserve's Isle a ...

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