Week 6: Bats
Bats are nocturnal - they sleep all day and spread their wings at night! 8 different types of bats can be seen - and heard - flying around Chicago. You can be a good bat neighbor by giving them their space, or creating a space for them, called a bat roost! Learn more at illinoisbats.org.
Week 7: Bugs
Week 8: Birds
Week 9: Bats
Week 1: Bugs
Bugs, pests, critters, creepy crawlers—insects go by many names. We find them in the grass, scurrying across the sidewalk, buried in the dirt, chomping on leaves, and sometimes even inside our homes! They may seem small, but they have mighty jobs. Before LEAP this week, see how many bugs you can find outdoors!
Week 2: Birds
When you woke up this morning, did you hear birds? It’s spring! Birds are returning from their migration south in search of the perfect nesting spot. Soon the zoo will be filled with birds of all sizes and colors. Within the next few weeks, endangered Black-Crowned Night Herons will gather in Children’s Zoo to raise their young. Before LEAP this week, take a walk and listen to the tweets and chirps in your neighborhood.
Week 3: Bats
Bats often get a bad rap. They seem creepy and spooky - perfect for Halloween! In reality, bats are amazing. They eat thousands of bugs every night and help pollinate many plants. Without bats, we’d be covered in far more mosquito bites! Bats call Chicago ‘home.’ Take a walk at dusk this week and look in the sky. Can you see any flying friends?
Week 4: Bugs
The weather is warming up and we are hearing more sounds! Bugs are musicians! From the fluttering wings of dragonflies to the chirp-chirp of crickets, spring starts to sound like a bug concert. After LEAP this week, take a walk down to Nature Boardwalk. What bugs do you see? What bugs do you hear?
Week 5: Birds
It’s the perfect time to be in Children’s Zoo - the Black-Crowned Night Herons are back! These large, feathered friends make their home in the trees at Lincoln Park Zoo every year. They make beautiful stick bundle nests and raise their young here. You might already hear the squawking of adult herons as they prep for babies. This week, spend some extra time in the Children’s Zoo forest, counting herons!