Chicago Audubon Program: "LABAGH WOODS: More than a Fragment, a Remnant of Hope"

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 7:00pm
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski Road, Building D


"LABAGH WOODS: More than a Fragment, a Remnant of Hope"

Chicago Audubon Program




LaBagh Woods, located at Foster and Cicero Avenues, is still seen by many as merely a throw away 80 acres of urban forest, and just a place for teen drinking parties, off-leash dogs to run around in, and off-road vehicles to tear up. But is LaBagh just that, or is it more?

Many are surprised to learn that a dedicated group of restoration volunteers, in conjunction with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, have found that LaBagh is actually home to a surprisingly diverse population of wildlife. More than 700 species have been identified, and a few are even quite rare. LaBagh has also been identified as critical bird migration habitat, and is seen by many as a special place worth saving, restoring and preserving. And it has a very interesting past as well. Indian wars and treaties, a wife supposedly knocking off her husband, and another woman whose work to preserve this forest became the foundation for the creation of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. All of that at LaBagh Woods!

Want to learn more? Join Jeff Skrentny, when he presents "LaBagh Woods: More than a Fragment, a Remnant of Hope." Learn why this urban fragment matters--actually, and metaphorically--beyond its 160-acre boundary. Birding led Jeff down the slippery slope of being concerned about bird habitat.  Before he even realized it, he had become concerned about his local birding patch, the jewel that is LaBagh Woods. After spending a combined 2500 hours there in 2015, 2016 & 2017, walking, birding, photographing, documenting, and learning about this unique urban forest, his knowledge became an important part of the restoration work at LaBagh. Now he is part of LaBagh’s restoration leadership team. In three years, he has learned more than he guessed 80 acres could teach him. 

Join us for this fascinating and enlightening program. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m. The program begins at 7:15. You do not need to be a member of Chicago Audubon to attend any of our programs or walks. Bring family and friends--everyone is welcome!