Birds of North Pond Nature Sanctuary: Photographs by Mark Swanson
Birds of North Pond Nature Sanctuary contains over 70 photographs of birds taken by Mark Swanson at the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, located in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. The photos provide an excellent overview of the variety of bird species that can be seen at North Pond. Included are rare photographs of a Green Heron using “bait fishing” to lure fish—a fascinating example of tool use among birds.
A nice gift for a Chicago area birder or anyone who appreciates birds!
About North Pond Nature Sanctuary
North Pond was originally constructed in 1884. The Chicago Park District rehabilitated the pond in 1999 with assistance from the Lincoln Park Conservancy and renamed it the North Pond Nature Sanctuary.
The 15-acre sanctuary’s native plants provide food, shelter and breeding habitat for local and migrating birds and other animals. Over 220 species of birds have been recorded there. The most visible birds are ducks, geese and herons, but passerines and other birds can be seen in the trees and wetland vegetation at the pond’s edge, as well as the surrounding park land.
In 2016 the Lincoln Park Conservancy announced a major fund-raising campaign to restore the pond and revitalize the sanctuary. For more information about the pond and the restoration project, visit the official North Pond Nature Sanctuary web page.