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Jay makes freinds with a gigantic insect.
Where and when to find the best wildflowers in the Chicago area.
Owen Deutsch was a Chicago fashion photographer. Now he finds beauty in birds around the world.
When notorious murderer Nathan Leopold went to prison, he left behind a vast collection of bird specimens. Jay sets off on a search to find them.
This 17-yead old has seen more bird species in Cook County than anyone, ever.
Globetrotting hikers learn to love Chicago nature during the pandemic.
When the Indiana Dunes became a National Park, photographer QT Luong had to act fast.
When you love a place you take care of it. And a lot of people love LaBagh Woods.
Sometimes the best thing you can do to preserve and protect a natural area is to burn it.

If riding with no hands was an Olympic event, John Kohan would win Gold.  

If you want to stock a lake with Walleye, here's how you make the babies.
Chicago ice boat racer Chris Berger is one of the best in the world.
Sailing is a mostly white and affluent sport. Not here.
They call it the "Original Redneck Fishin' Tournament"
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary: One of the best places to see birds during spring migration
Bald Eagles are making a comeback in the Chicago area and Jay sets out to find some.
All over the country, serious roller skaters know and emulate a style called J.B. Skating. Born - and perfected - in the skate clubs of Chicago.
A yacht club on Chicago's South Side is home to the largest community of black sailors in the country.
When Italian immigrants began coming to the Chicago suburb of Highwood -- they brought the beloved Italian game, bocce.  The Highwood Bocce Club was founded in 1969. And now bocce-lovers of all backgrounds have joined the Italian regulars.
There was once an extensive network of African American golf leagues and clubs across the country. But as the golf world opened up, most of the Black clubs faded away. One that remains is the Chicago Women's Golf Club, which has been around for more than eighty years. It is the second oldest Black women's golf club in the nation.
Chicago High School Teaches Farming to City Kids
Wild Bison return to Illinois. A Tribune photographer tracks their progress.
Nothing quite like seeing tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes in one place.
A nature photographer. A passion for owls.
Up close in rarely-explored Chicago river.
West Ridge Nature Center grows from unused property.
Karsyn Terry and her dad show you how to make a 14-year-old billiard whiz.

Most of these women have been bowling together since the 1950s.

It’s the busiest 16” softball league in the world.  Washington Park.  South Side.  And Sarge MacKinnon is in charge. 

Where Riverview once stood, a new wild ride -- bicycles flying through air.
Just because the players are disabled doesn’t mean they can’t kick your butt. This is full-contact hockey. 
Real kids. Real coaches. Real Sport. Kids with lower limb disabilities, some from gunshots. 
What could be more fun for a blind kid than throwing her Judo teacher to the mat?
Legendary drag strip. Killer cars. Quarter mile.
There is no one in the Chicago area who has had more of an impact on Chicago waterways and on the sport of paddling than blacksmith, activist, businessman and naturalist Ralph Frese.