You may find animals eating tree seeds, nuts, and berries to fatten up before the long winter. As trees lose leaves, wildlife becomes more apparent. These animals are particularly active or interesting in fall.
The fall migrating season is another opportunity to catch sight of about 50 bird species! Many rest here briefly before flying south for warmer climates. Listen for the beautiful calls of warblers before they're gone for the winter. See a list of all birds that have been sighted here, including dozens of migrants.
Where to look: In treetops everywhere.
Sandhill cranes are simply spectacular. Watch these magnificent birds flying overhead by the hundreds. Hear their distinctive calls and appreciate how their large, 6-8 foot wingspans help them soar on thermals for hours.
Where to look: In the sky between late October and November.
When temperatures fall and daylight shortens, chorus frogs, American toads, and the largest population of spring peepers in Du Page County start calling.
Where to look: Near Burr Reed Marsh, Spike Rush Marsh, and other wetlands.
If you are quiet enough, you may catch a rare glimpse of a coyote. They may be wily, but coyote mind their own business and run from humans who get too close for their comfort. Coyote are more interested in hunting for snakes, voles, mice, and other small mammals to fatten up before winter.
Where to look: In open areas.