What to watch on TV: Chicago’s Segregated Squirrels.
We’ve heard about the kamikaze squirrel now learn about our segregated squirrels and other stories about nature in urban areas. A recent episode of Chicago Tonight discussed a new free WTTW web series, Urban Nature. Some episodes feature Chicago and some feature San Francisco and NYC. Okay this is actually a web series but I was too lazy to change the title of this post.
Here are the Chicago segments:
The Great Squirrel Mystery: There are two squirrel species in Chicago. Gray squirrels who tend to live in wealthy neighborhoods and fox squirrels that reside in more affordable areas. Find out why. Bonus: If you’re into squirrels check out Project Squirrel a 20 year old citizen scientist-based project that tracks squirrels.
Building a Bird-Safe City: Find out how scientists, architects, and dedicated volunteers are teaming up to make the city a leader in bird-friendly design and policy. Migrating bird species, unfamiliar with our landscape, collide with our buildings. Find out what’s being done to combat it.
Can Cities Save the Monarch?: The monarch butterfly’s migration is in peril by habitat decimation. Could cities come to the rescue? How can you help? Plant milkweed in your yard. Also during the migration period check out the Lurie Garden which has a large milkweed section on the west side of the garden in the middle.
Other places to see nature around Chicago: