St. Charles resident Mary Tebeau loves the outdoors, but she has to admit there's still plenty to learn about the nature. Stuck at home during the pandemic last year she discovered The Good Nature Hour, a weekly Zoom featuring Pam Otto, the park district's outreach ambassador. Of course she had been reading Otto's weekly columns in the Kane County Chronicle for some time, but being able to tune for weekly dose of nature talks via Zoom brought the writer to her living room.
Signs of Spring: Observe, snap & upload ephemeral photos for iNaturalist project
If you're searching for the first signs of spring, look for ephemerals. These small, colorful flowers are generally the first blossoms to emerge from the soil in the spring. And this year, the St. Charles Park District is encouraging all residents to help identify spring ephemerals from March 1-April 30. No experience is necessary; only the willingness to explore nature, snap a photo and upload your observations for the project in the iNaturalist app at "St. Charles, IL: Spring 2021 Ephemerals."