by Carl Strang
With water levels returning to their usual lower levels in the wake of last week’s flood, some changes are evident in the stream at Mayslake Forest Preserve.
What remains are the larger pieces.
The stream at Mayslake no longer is a typical DuPage County muddy waterway.
This change will favor some stream dwelling organisms at the expense of others.
It will be interesting to follow this community, as I will be doing with the nearby marsh as it recovers from the drought, and as I will be doing with the insects in the portions of prairies and savannas impacted by this spring’s controlled burns. Balance of nature? Nature always is in flux. Ecological studies deal with moving targets.