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The Dark-eyed Juncos are Back!

Every winter we get visitors from the north!

  • Juncos are a type of sparrow often called “snowbirds” for showing up in the Midwest during the winter months.
  • They are one of the most common birds in North America.
  • Their coloration varies quite a bit across the U.S.
  • Juncos in the eastern U.S. are slate-colored (gray) and white birds with a pink bill.
  • They flock together in groups of 15-25 and sometimes with other sparrows and bluebirds.
  • They eat mostly seeds, but during the breeding season they also eat insects.
  • We have seen them hopping around the base of the nature center’s bird feeder looking for seeds.
  • They get 30% more feathers in the winter - it's a very warm "down jacket"!

Want to attract these birds to your yard? They prefer millet, either the red or white type.


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320 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, IL 60540
630-864-3964

Winter Hours
December-February
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Closed
Nature Center will be closed December 22-January 1, 2020

Regular Hours

March-October

Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Registration Hours
Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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