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Resources for Educators and the Community

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Living with Wildlife in Urban Areas:

Willowbrook Wildlife Center:

Living with Wildlife in Illinois:

Fact Sheets:

Wildlife Ecology & Fact Sheets:

Living With Wildlife

On Saturday, January 31, 2015 the Director/Curator of the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum, Karly Tumminello, co-presented at the Wild Things conference with Susan Ask, Founder of animalia project, and Mike Redmer, a Senior Biologist of USFWS.

Their presentation, "Bears, Cougars, and Wolves, Oh My!... Adapting to Life with Large Carnivores in Chicago's Urban Wilderness" looked at the current trends in these three species returning to the Midwest region, where they were previously extirpated from during the 1800's. 

 Wild Things 2015

Key take-aways from this talk:

  1) Sightings of black bear, cougars and wolves will remain infrequent in the near future. Generally, young males may move through our region looking for suitable habitat and food resources (such as the white-tailed deer).

  2) The fact that these animals are looking for suitable habitat in our region speaks to the successes of collective and continued conservation efforts. Restoration projects have successfully increased biodiversity in many ways.

  3) These creatures generally avoid all contact with humans. However, there are measures we as humans need to take to ensure we do not inadvertently attract these animals. This includes things like securing trash cans, taking in bird feeders at night, and not leaving our pets outdoors unattended.

  4) It may be challenging to identify an animal, especially if seeing it for the first time. There are many key characteristics to look for which may help distinguish between similar species. If at a safe distance, you could try to get a photograph to submit to an expert for confirmation.
Report any unusual wildlife sightings here:


If you have any questions or comments, or are interested in assisting in our on-going efforts to educate the public about large carnivores in the Chicago Wilderness region, please e-mail


Climate Change

For information on Climate Change please visit these links:

animalia project:

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum:

Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit:

Chicago Climate Action Plan:


Do you have suggestions for other Climate Change or Climate Action resources? Please pass them on to us so we can share them:

Wildlife Webcams

Bird Watching HQ:

Project FeederWatch Cams:

Illinois Peregrines, Field Museum: 

Audubon Bird Cams:

Yosemite Wildlife Cam:

National Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Webcams:

National Park Service - Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska Webcams:

Zoo Webcams

Indianapolis Zoo Cams:

San Diego Zoo Cams:

Dublin Zoo Cams:

International Wolf Center Cams:


Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship

Sustainability at Benedictine:

Conservation Foundation:

Sustain DuPage:

12 Ways to Live More Sustainably: 

Green Eco Tips:

How to Make A Worm Compost Bin:

Composting at Home:

Water Footprint Calculator:

Water Saving Tips:

Organic Lawn Care:

Organic Lawns:

Native Landscaping:

No-Mow Movement:

Xeriscaping and Xerogardening:

10 Home Items to Reuse Over and Over:

100 DIY Crafts to Repurpose and Reuse:

Upcycling in the Garden:

17 Upcycled Garden Ideas:

GreenPlanet4Kids Comics:

Environmental Science:

Home Water Conservation:



Podcasts for Bird Watchers:

American Birding Podcast:

Urban Wildlife Podcast:

The Casual Birder Podcast:

Eyes On Conservation:

Out and About - Kane County:


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The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at Benedictine University is not affiliated with any of the above links or resources, and does not endorse or promote any information or sales of the associated materials. These resources are intended to assist educators and parents to connect children with environmental and natural interactions and educational experiences, as well as to promote life long learning in all ages. Parents and educators should screen any resources before sharing with their children. If you find any links are broken or any innappropiate material is found within any links (as links and content do change over time), please email us at so we can remedy the situation immediately. We are continuing to build out this page, so if you have suggestions, comments or ideas, please let us know! We hope you find that these resources help you further your understanding and appreciation of the world's natural and cultural diversity.  

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