Next time you’re at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, take a few minutes to follow the walking trail behind the museum across the Clarence Darrow and/or North bridges. There you’ll find Frederick Law Olmsted’s Wooded Island and the Osaka Garden, one of the few remaining remnants of the 1893 Columbian Exposition. The island has been converted into a nature sanctuary and is an important stopping point for birds migrating through the Midwest each spring and fall.
If you look closely at the center left section of the photograph, you’ll see a large, but kind of squatty bird. It’s a black crowned night heron, which has a remarkable ability to stay focused on fishing despite any intruding paparazzi.
A tiny map courtesy of Google to help you on your way:
- Jackson Park’s Japanese Garden (hydepark.org)
- The Six-Year-Old makes plans (Caterpickles)
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