It’s time for two of the District’s most-visited fall events. Join “Corn Harvest” at Kline Creek Farm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Oct. 11 – 13, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to help the farm with their annual crop. Visitors will take to the fields and can also join activities and crafts. “Corn Harvest” is free and open to all ages. To learn more, click here or call Kline Creek Farm at 630-933-7248.
Danada Equestrian Center will offer its annual Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. With shooting cowboys, trick riders, a parade of horses, pony rides, live music, face painting, hayrides, crafts and food, it’s no wonder the festival is a favorite for thousands and the District’s largest special event of the year. All ages are welcome, and admission is free. To learn more, click here or call Danada at 630-668-6012.
Not into crowds, but want to enjoy the outdoors this weekend? Head out for a fall colors walk. Though ashes, some maples and some smaller oaks have turned, many large oak and maple trees are mostly green. We may have another week until the most dramatic colors reach the forests, which makes this weekend a great time to appreciate the colors on the prairies. Asters such as New England are still offering blue and purple flowers. A few goldenrods still have bright gold while others are fading to light brown as they go to seed. Indian grass and big bluestem often have golden stems topped with light feathery plumes. Little bluestem can have a striking reddish brown or bronze hue to its stems. Visitors can see a large stand of little bluestem at Springbrook Prairie near Book Road. Other good prairie views are along the Green Heron Trail at Herrick Lake, the Regional Trail at Churchill Woods and anywhere at West Chicago Prairie.
Be sure to watch for birds this weekend, too. Staff members have reported an influx of warblers this week. During a walk at Oldfield Oaks, birders spotted a large number of yellow-rumped warblers as well as Tennessee, magnolia, Nashville, blackpoll and black-throated green warblers. A few of the other species they saw are ruby-crowned kinglets, Swainson’s thrush, white-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, American tree sparrow and American goldfinch.
Silver Lake at Blackwell has been visited by a few eye-catching birds recently. This week staff members reported two pied-billed grebes, two separate osprey sightings and a visit from a bald eagle.
This week’s snapshot is of another water-loving bird, a great egret, in Salt Creek at Fullersburg Woods. The species is common in DuPage County during spring, summer and fall and can be seen along the shorelines of lakes and rivers standing quietly and watching for prey including fish, frogs and other small aquatic animals. Thanks to Eric Schwister for sharing his photo.