LaBagh Woods a Haven for Birds and Volunteers
When you love a place you take care of it. And a lot of people on the Northwest Side of Chicago love LaBagh Woods. They prove it by spending thousands of hours every year volunteering to restore the 80 acre preserve along the north branch of the Chicago River. LaBagh Woods is one of the smaller properties in the Forest Preserves of Cook County system. And it is one of the few within Chicago city limits. But it also happens to be an especially great place for birds -- and birders. That's what got Jeff Skrentny excited about LaBagh Woods many years ago.
Now he runs LaBagh's extensive volunteer restoration project. Volunteers remove invasive species, maintain trails and plant native species. And the Forest Preserve District is always looking for more volunteers, at LaBagh and the other preserves throughout Cook County.