July 25, 2011

WIld Life

We'll from Lake View, too!
or are the just Tourist
photo - CBS local
Some historical background
In the late 19th century wild life could still be found and hunted along the lakefront. In the 21st century it would seem wildlife is returning but this time well protected either in an enclosed area such as the Bill Javis Bird Sanctuary or just nesting along a residential building or living and roaming in a cemetery.
The article below tells a tale of wild life in Chicago 1922
City Dwellers Should Learn 
to Get Along With Urban Wildlife 
by Peter Alagona in 2015
"In recent years, a host of charismatic wild species, the coyote being only the most famous, have returned to American cities in numbers not seen for generations.
Despite their reputations, large wild animals are just not very dangerous. By far the most dangerous animals in North America, as measured in human fatalities, are bees, wasps, and hornets. Next are dogs—man’s best friend—followed by spiders, snakes, scorpions, centipedes, and rats. The most dangerous animal, globally and throughout human history, is undoubtedly the mosquito. Coyotes are nowhere on the list."
Read more about this from an article by the New Republic via Friends of the Chicago River on Facebook.
Operation Doe a Deer
600 block of West Barry Avenue
A female deer was found in the courtyard of a building in the 600 block of West Barry Avenue in the summer of 2011. Residents who live in the building were excited to see such an unusual sight. Read more about it from the link above and/or the commentary below. The title of this segment was actually the name the autorities gave it.
photo - CBS local.com
photo Angle Naron - Flickr
The Personal Narratives
“People on EveryBlock have been talking about it.”
“I walked by one in someone's yard the other day on my way to DSW on Clark and Halsted. I wtf'd and walked merrily on my way.”
“I walked past it in someone's yard with a bunch of people and it was just chilling, eating some leaves. The guy who lived in that building told us its’ been around there for about a week.”
“Tonight I looked out my front window and thought I was seeing things... there was a real, live deer in my neighbor's front yard on the 700 block of West Briar Place. The whole neighborhood and passersby were astonished to see a very tame deer casually eating the neighbor's hosta plants.”
Last night, around 11:18 p.m., the deer was at 727 W Briar Place.
An officer at the scene said the deer was limping and one of its legs was injured.
The proper authorities were notified.
According to police dispatch, Animal Control said they would be there in the morning.
Let's hope Bambi's mom makes it through the night.
“Somebody yelled down at me and called me, and a couple of people all at once, saying we had a deer in our courtyard. I thought they were pranking me. I was certain I was being punked,” said Bruce Alan Beal, a resident of the building. “But sure enough, I came out, and there’s a doe. She’s probably 3 or 4 years old, and she’s sitting in the back of our courtyard, kind of hunkered down against the edge of the building.”
But this deer incident is anything but an isolated one. Apparently, deer, rats and intoxicated party-goers aren’t the only ones running wild in your neighborhood at night, according to Steve Sullivan, curator of urban ecology for the Chicago Academy of Sciences at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. 
The Lincoln Park Zoo also tracks local animals through its Urban Wildlife Institute.
“This happens every single day in the city of Chicago,” Sullivan said. “We have photographic evidence of deer, beaver, white-footed mice — you name it — all this interspersed very regularly in all of our neighborhoods throughout the city.”
But how exactly do these wild animals — which locally also include coyotes, foxes, opossum, raccoons, skunks and many bird species — get here? Sullivan says any patch of trees serves as their highway, until they get to an area in the city when they can no longer hide.
While the city's Animal Care and Control department had previously pledged to leave the deer alone unless they began to pose a threat or were injured, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday that area residents' offerings of nourishment threaten the animals' safety as the deer become comfortable enough to settle more permanently in the area and resist re-entering the wild.
“We just asked people not to feed them. Unfortunately, people did not heed our advice," department commissioner Cherie Travis told the Sun-Times.
The city's Animal Care and Control Department had some concerns about tranquilizing the mother deer since she's still nursing her two fawns, but city officials wanted to find them a safe new home before the Gay Pride Parade which is two weeks away.
Chicago Animal Care and Control relocated the animals early Saturday morning to a more suitable place in the city with plenty of grass and space to roam around.
For the trip, dubbed “Operation Doe A Deer,” animal control officers tranquilized the mother deer and wrapped the two fawns in blankets.
and finally another take from Curb Chicago

"Deer starts family in trendy Boystown" on Sunday, and now, "Too many Whole Foods treats, so deer must leave Lake View."  - with YouTube videos Video 1 & Video 2 .
The 'Bird Poo Tree' on Stratford Place
DNAinfo photos
Many residents couldn't remember when they first noticed the spot caked in poop, though they all agreed that no other tree in the area bears the same fruit ... read more.
Other Creatures of Nature
Reclaiming Wrigley Field in 2011
“The scary thing is that they didn’t seem afraid. You’d think they’d be cowering, but they didn’t seem vicious,” Byington told reporters. “Some people were laughing, and started following them, but they didn’t seem concerned. They seemed to be checking out the neighborhood and enjoying it.” - Read more about it with this link. 
There is a website on Coyote sightings - no kidding!
A Peregrine Falcon Calls it Home
Indeed, on a recent Saturday morning, Dacey Arashiba showed a visitor a Peregrine falcon nestled in a hanging flower pot just outside the window of his 28th-floor apartment. The bird's companion had temporarily flown away 10 minutes earlier.  Last summer, the birds attempted unsuccessfully to stake their place outside Arashiba's apartment. Three weeks ago, the pair of Peregrine falcons returned to Arashiba's balcony overlooking Belmont Avenue. "It's amazing, and kind of flattering, that they're back," he said. Arashiba first noticed a Peregrine falcon perched on the ledge of his kitchen window five years ago. Over the next couple of years, Arashiba enjoyed catching glimpses of the creature. "It never startled me. I just always thought it was really cool," Arashiba said. - DNAinfo 2015
Nesting on a terrace
photos - DNAinfo
A Visiting Deer for the Holidays 2015
heading to 1329 W Addison Street for a visit
 photo - DNAinfo 
 photo - Southport News & Events-Facebook
 photo - Southport News & Events-Facebook
Another Type of Habitation:
Burley's Elementary Mini-Farm
article by DNAinfo in 2017

 "We don't just want them to learn about it; we want our students to be able to experience it, act on it and realize the part they can play in it and actually have fun doing it," said Burley's Principal Catherine Plocher. "Bringing sustainability concepts to life, no matter how big or small, makes the concepts come alive," Plocher said. "By making learning hands-on, students' understanding of sustainability concepts becomes three-dimensional, tactile and more memorable. 
- Not to mention more fun."

Nettlehorst School
has one too as of 2019

A Missing Fish Story
Within a Restaurant
photos DNAinfo
'A Mediterranean restaurant that closed in East Lakeview earlier this month left behind an aquarium that now has some neighbors concerned.' There are fish still swimming in it ... but the water is running low. Read more with this link. Less than week later concerned citizens helped resolved it 
 photo - DNAinfo
pre 2014 photo - WGN
There were years...many years that the gulls out-numbered the fans at the field. With the renovation at the park and the popularity of the 2014-2015 season team there are finally less gulls than fans. 
 pre-2014 photo below - The Heckler
The Ducks of Belmont Harbor
photo - Thomas Braam via Photos of Chicago-Facebook
Thomas Braam photo - the Traveling Glutton-Tumbler
A Hornet Nest
2016 photo - Edward Kwiatkowski
Apparently on West Cornelia
Roaming in Graceland Cemetery
photos by Adam Selzer - Winter 2020
Graceland was once part of the Township/City of Lake View from 1857-1889 now in the Community of Uptown

below 2021 photo - Greg Baird

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