42 Two endangered plant species can be found protected at Itascas Spring Brook Nature Center. One is so rare it doesnt even have a common name. Known only by its scientific moniker, Carex atheroides, it also can be found at four other locations in the state. The other endangered species in Itasca is hairy marsh cress, or Rorippa icelandica hispida.
35 Du Page Countys only artesian well can be found at Waterfall Glen. The flowing water is caused by pressure on the groundwater from the high land overlooking the well. Much as in a city water tower, the high area stores the water, but pressure forces it to sprout from holes in the rock.
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38 The grounds of Argonne Laboratory and the forest preserve that is adjacent to the laboratory are home to a rare breed of white deer imported from Asia in the early 1900s by a wealthy but eccentric landowner named Irwin Freund, inventor of Buy Men Canada Goose Foxe Bomber Navy Singapore the skinless frankfurter. The deer are related to the native white tailed deer, but the species do not interbreed.
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39 The 45 mile long Illinois Prairie Path became the first National Trail in Illinois when it was designated part of the national system in 1971. The trail stretches from Cook County on the east to Wheaton, where it branches into two trails, one northwest to Wayne, the other southwest to Aurora.
37 The man with the most animal statistics in Du Page is Dr. Dan Ludwig, a wildife biologist with the Du Page Forest Preserve District and a staff member at Willowbrook Wildlife Haven in Glen Ellyn. Ludwig reports that the district is in the inventory phase of tabulating the countys wildlife population. Current counts record 45 species of fish, 13 amphibians, 16 reptiles, 119 breeding birds and 45 mammals. Most abundant mammals are the meadow vole, also known as the field mouse, and the white footed mouse;
46 The earliest blooming plant in Du Page County is skunk cabbage, which generates enough heat to burn through the snow and can be seen blooming in mid February. The latest blooming plant is the witch hazel, a shrub that is at its most colorful in November.
44 Environmentalists take note: Orchids grow naturally in Du Page, thanks to development. Its small and unspectacular, but the purple twayblade, once considered the rarest of North American orchids, is a common sight in Du Page forest preserves. Unlike most native plants, the purple twayblade likes disturbances in its habitat, and has flourished during the countys recent growth and development explosion.
40 During the last week in January, old Christmas trees fitted with cement shoes or clay weights are sunk in various forest preserve lakes to help improve fishing habitats. The lakes and ponds are stocked with bass, crappie, perch, sunfish, carp, bluegill, northern pike, walleye, trout, flat head catfish and channel catfish weighing from 5 to 50 pounds.
43 The first native Illinois prairie restoration took place at Morton Arboretum in 1962; the largest prairie restoration in the state is taking place on the grounds of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Some 400 acres have alrady been planted at Fermilab, with plans to develop an additional 200 acres.
41 The countys most transient residents are the 162 species of migrating birds that pass through the county every spring headed for northern breeding grounds. Among the rarest of those winging through is the tundra swan; the most common of the water birds is the Canada goose.
47 The designer of the worlds most famous bottle, the 6.5 ounce Coca Cola bottle, lived the last years of his life in Hinsdale, where he died in 1972. The bottle was designed by a young glass company worker, Earl R. Dean, in Terre Haute, Ind., in 1915. Working frantically for 27 hours, Dean sketched the design, carved the iron mold and cast the first Coke bottles to meet a contest deadline. Deans design won, and rest became fizzy history.
45 Orchids also grow unnaturally in Du Page. Villa Parks Orchids by Hausermann Inc. is the granddaddy of Midwestern orchid growers. The firm was founded in 1920 by Carl Hausermann, who first grew sweet peas, roses and gardenias; later he switched solely to the sale of orchid plants and supplies to hobbyists and professionals.
36 After distinguishing himself in the Civil War, Col. William Plum settled in Babcocks Grove, which eventually became Lombard. He and his wife, Helen, traveled extensively, bringing back to Lombard more than 200 species of lilac bushes to begin what is Lilacia Park. The Lombard Park District was established as one of the first special taxing park districts in Du Page, and its first charge was care of the Colonels lilac gardens.