Friday, April 30, 2010

Chicago zoo's pond becomes a nature boardwalk

In late June, Lincoln Park Zoo plans to reveal the transformation of its South Pond into the Nature Boardwalk. More than 100 newly planted hawthorns, birch, oaks, serviceberry and other trees will provide shade, food and nesting sites for native and migratory birds, such as owls, waterfowl and Black-crowned Night-Herons among others, according to the zoo.

The 14-acre site will include native prairie and wetland vegetation that can provide wildlife habitat and filter the pond’s water quality, and the Lester E. Fisher Bridge will include structures to encourages swallows to nest there. Daily tours and talks -- such as “Feathered Friends,” “Fishy Fun” and “Exploring an Ecosystem” -- will give visitors the chance to learn even more.

Existing facilities at the free zoo include the Flamingo Habitat, Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond, Kovler Penguin and Seabird House, McCormick Bird House and Regenstein Birds of Prey Exhibit.

Black-crowned Night-Heron courtesy of Gator Farm

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