Shorter days and cooler temperatures mean squirrels are preparing for winter, fall flowers are blooming and spiders are busy spinning webs.
To learn more about these early signs of autumn, tune in to September's episode of "The Buzz," which will air at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 29, on the Forest Preserve District’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
“Squirrels are pretty crafty when it comes to hiding nuts,” said program host Suzy Lyttle, a Forest Preserve District program coordinator. “They will actually dig fake holes to trick spying squirrels. They also use spatial cues to help them remember where all their secret food spots are located.”
There are times when they forget where they have hidden a nut.
“But everything works out because that nut will grow into a new plant providing food and shelter for future squirrels,” Lyttle said.
The show’s second segment highlights fall flowers.
“Spring flowers get most of the attention, but there are flowers from all seasons that deserve some love,” Lyttle said. “This episode will break down that not all flowers are created the same. An aster bloom may look like one single flower when really it’s made up of 50 tiny flowers!”
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The September Buzz Bit showcases spiders.
“Spider season is upon us,” Lyttle said. “At this time of year, orb weaver spiders are full grown and making spectacular webs. Imagine Charlotte’s web but in real life. We will focus on the yellow garden spider that is common in our prairies and even sometimes in our building windows. These spiders create or repair webs every day, so they are always in business and ready to catch tasty insect treats.”
After the live broadcast, a recording of the show will be available for viewing on the District's Facebook, YouTube and Instagram pages. “The Buzz” also airs on cable stations in Joliet, Naperville, New Lenox, Romeoville and Tinley Park.
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