The biodiversity of the Chicago region rivals that of any metropolitan area on the continent. But until now, Chicago’s natural wonders have been a well-kept secret. In this unique moment of social distancing, let’s do something to change that. Let’s elevate the natural treasures all around us and take pride in the incredible array of flora and fauna that we have. Let's show just how much #NatureLovesChicago.
From April 22, 2020, through June 10, 2020, we'll be celebrating 50 Days of Chicago Nature.
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What others are saying about Nature Loves Chicago
"As a former longtime resident of Chicago, I still adore the city, embrace its enormous respect for natural area protection, and commend its citizens’ love of open air and wild (often windy) landscapes. Chicago Wilderness is a world leader in fostering love and protection of nature within large metropolitan areas.'50 Days of Chicago Nature' is a milestone for documenting and celebrating the remarkable biodiversity of northeastern Illinois, southeastern Wisconsin, and the shores and waters of beloved Lake Michigan. To all of you, I encourage you--with full respect for social distancing--to get outside, enjoy nature, and report what you see at #NatureLovesChicago." ~John W. Fitzpatrick, Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
“Nature is something people think of as being hundreds of miles away when in fact you can walk out your door into an ecosystem that’s the most complex ecosystem on earth: the city environment. The minute we forget we are part of nature, nature suffers and so do we. We need to be more careful and thoughtful stewards of our environment and the creatures that inhabit it. Nature is what will heal us.” ~Tony Fitzpatrick, Chicago actor/artist, Jack Birdbath in Amazon Prime's "Patriot"
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