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October's Episode of 'The Buzz' Features Forest Fun and Fire-Making Tips

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"The Buzz" host Suzy Lyttle. (Photo by Chad Merda)

October’s episode of “The Buzz,” the Forest Preserve District’s monthly nature show, highlights Hickory Creek Preserve, fun forest floor facts, and tips for building a successful fire.

The show will air at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, on the District’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Program host Suzy Lyttle will visit Hickory Creek Preserve, the District’s largest preserve at just over 1,500 acres, to show why it is one of the most popular preserves. 

“It’s hard to pick a favorite preserve, but Hickory Creek Preserve is very near and dear to my heart,” Lyttle said. “It is my neighborhood preserve and I hike there throughout all the seasons during different times of day. I have collected memories along the way that I share in this month’s episode.”


Lyttle said she will give viewers detailed information on the preserve’s layout and the many years of restoration efforts by volunteers and staff.

“We will break down the three access points and all the things you can do there, plus I’ll talk about using all your senses to explore,” Lyttle said. “I must thank all the natural resource crews, volunteers, stewards, and Lincoln-Way Central High School students who have put in hours upon hours working on restoration. It is because of all this hard work that we can see amazing wildlife and thriving plants.”

Lyttle also will “dig deep” into the forest floor in the show's second segment.

“Leaf litter is so crucial for the ecosystem,” she said. “But I think it often gets overlooked. The leaves and logs provide protective homes or plentiful hunting grounds, depending on which side of the food chain you are on. We will roll logs to find new buggy friends and learn how to ID our most common nuts that are currently falling from trees.”

Finally, the show will heat up with a Buzz Bit on building fires.

“Starting a fire is always entertaining,” Lyttle said. “I love seeing what people use and how they build their perfect structures. Sometimes it can be a chore but knowing what to burn and how to build it will help you become a pro in no time. I’ll break down the difference between tinder and kindling and what to pack if you can’t collect from nature.”

After the live broadcast, a recording of the show will be available for viewing on the District's Facebook and YouTube pages. “The Buzz” also airs on cable stations in Joliet, Naperville, New Lenox, Romeoville and Tinley Park.

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