A Cooper’s hawk hovers over a mouse, a squirrel, and other prey. Nearby, a Baltimore oriole looks longingly at the berries that fuel its migration. And a red-winged blackbird sits beneath cattails in a marshy area that constitutes its preferred habitat.
This wasn’t a fruitful day of birding. Rather, it is three of the 18 obstacles in a new miniature-golf course in Douglass Park in Chicago, designed by a group of teenagers with help from professional artists. In the process, the teens also worked with the Lincoln Park Zoo, learning about all aspects of local birds, from their migrations to habitats. The newly revived golf course reopened this month. Another group of teenagers has been busy working with a local marketer to promote it, using social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.