Species Spotlight

Get to know our area’s amazing diversity of animal species. Here are a few of our wild neighbors.

Events at a Glance: Mind & Spirit Calendar

There’s so much to do in our neck of the Old Northwest Territory! Here’s a sampling of some upcoming events.

Northwest Landscapes, Summer Edition

Enjoy these great photographs from our local talent

Birding in the Old Northwest Territory

Love birds? So do we. Jamie Johannsen leas us on an insider’s tour of the best birding hot spots in our region. Get tips from local amateur birders about the species you can expect to find in these wild, beautiful places.

Northwest Quiz – Spring 2012

Aren’t they just adorable? See if you can identify these cute critters

A Grape Big Opening For New Boutique

Rockford’s new cosmetics boutique has opened in grand style, combining makeup and wine with one of Napa Valley’s biggest family names. Discover more about this unique new destination.

The Bears of Legends

Rockford photographer David C. Olson is no stranger to danger, when it comes to photographing wildlife. Follow him on his latest adventure, capturing wild bears in Alaska, and see his breathtaking shots.

The Life-Sustaining Sugar River

Several factors combine to make the Sugar River an extraordinary sustainer of life to a staggering variety of creatures – including many weary migratory visitors. Learn what makes this river special, what threatens it, and who’s protecting it.

Northwest Landscapes

Check out these dynamic images captured around the Old Northwest Territory

Our Kishwaukee River: A Lovely, Vulnerable Gem

Long recognized as a sanctuary for diverse plant and animal species, the Kishwaukee is one of the highest-quality rivers in Illinois. Learn how the ‘Kish’ is vulnerable to encroaching development and how we can protect it.