Biologists banded two baby American kestrel falcons for monitoring last weekend; the fledglings hatched in a nest box at Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve outside Elgin. Falcon populations have plummeted almost 50 percent since the '60s.
The connector expands hiking and biking options and makes traveling between forest preserves safer.
How Cook County Forest Preserve's Web Map tech guides visitors to urban escapes.
One species is increasing, while another saw a slight decline.