Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois
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Spring - 1946
Nature Bulletin No. 64   May 4, 1946
Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Clayton F. Smith, President
Roberts Mann, Supt. of Conservation

SPRING - 1946
Now is the time for camera enthusiasts, lovers of wild flowers and students of birdlife to roam the forest preserves. This is the first spring in several years when the hawthorn and the wild crabapple have reached their peaks of blooming at approximately the same time. Solid banks of white and pink blossoms create vistas or breath-taking beauty. There are enough late-blooming varieties so that the spectacle should continue for at least 10 days.

The myrtle warblers, first of the many kinds of warblers that pause here on their migration northward, have been seen flitting through the tree tops. The bluebirds and the robins are sitting on their eggs. The towhee and the indigo bunting are heard calling And occasionally glimpsed. Goldfinches rise ant dip in yellow arcs across the fields. The tree swallows, with their metallic blue backs, swoop across the Palos marshes.

The woodlands are carpeted with wild flowers. Some of the earlier species, notably the bloodroot, the Dutchman's breeches and the dogtooth violet or adder's tongue, have flowered and gone to seed but acres of the pink and white spring beauties are still blooming. Big patches of blue phlox appeared on April 19 and the delicate blue bells of the Jacob's ladder on April 24. The violets, both blue and yellow, are blooming richly and so is the purple trillium, or wake robin, with its deep maroon flower. In the northern part of Cook County there are large areas where the forest floor 18 covered with the big white trilliums. The yellow of the crowfoot, the white of the toothwort and the anemone, and the lavender of the wild geranium add to the symphony of colors.

DO NOT PICK WILDFLOWERS. They wilt quickly. Their delicate beauty is lost indoors. Many species are destroyed by picking. Leave them for others to enjoy.


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