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Winter Weather May Impact Preserve Openings

For the public’s safety, some preserves may remain closed immediately after a winter weather event as District staff work to plow the roadways to make travel less hazardous.

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Recent Land Acquisitions Push District Past 22,500 Acres

A 40-acre Homer Township purchase will expand Hadley Valley Preserve and provide a missing link for a Spring Creek Greenway Trail extension, and a 40-acre Washington Township donation will begin the establishment of a new eastern Will County preserve.

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Winter Is Prime Time for Seeding for Upcoming Season

Incongruous as it seems, winter is prime time for seed spreading across the Forest Preserve District.

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Visitor Centers to Reopen to Public Saturday Due to Shift to Tier 1 COVID-19 Status

The three visitor centers that will reopen Saturday, January 23, are: Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon, Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville and Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township. Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet reopened January 4. Capacity limits will be in effect and masks are required. 

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'Buzz' Nature Show Starts Season Two With Joliet Jewels

The show's premier epioside for 2021 features the history of Joliet Iron Works Historic Site and the eagles of Rock Run Rookery. The episode will air on Facebook at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 27.

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Facebook Live Program Features 'Reptiles in Winter'

Find out what brumation means and where all the reptiles go when the temperatures dip and other creatures are hibernating. Tune in to the Forest Preserve District's Facebook page to view the program at noon, Thursday, January 28, and ask questions in real time. 

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Sunrise Photo Shines Above all the Rest to Win 2020 Photo Contest

Channahon resident Kevin Kuchler's photo, which was snapped at Lake Renwick Preserve on an icy winter morning, was deemed the best of the best during online voting via the Forest Preserve District's Facebook page.

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Baby Blanding's Turtles Doing Well on Road to Release

This is the third batch of Blanding's turtle hatchlings the Forest Preserve District has received as part of a regional recovery program for the state-endangered species. They will be released into the wild in late summer or fall of 2021. 

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January 29 Deadline Nears for 'Sculpting WILD' Juried Art Show Submissions

Artists who submit photos of their work online for consideration will be notified if they have been accepted into the show by February 9. Winners will receive $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $200 for third place and $100 for a people’s choice award.

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Boating Safety Information Crucial to Safe Outings

Don't hastily launch a vessel in the water without getting all of your safety measures in place. A two-part "Boat America" course being offered online via Zoom on January 23 and 30 will give you all the rules, regulations and safety tips you need to enjoy the water in 2021.

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New Bird-Friendly Glass Installed at Plum Creek Nature Center

The new glass features web-like fibers that will help prevent collisions at the nature center's bird viewing area. The new glass was included as part of a window replacement project. 

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Happening Now: A Bald Eagle Bonanza At Rock Run Rookery

While places like Rock Island and Starved Rock State Park in Utica are often go-to spots for those fascinated by America's bird, Rock Run Rookery has been providing more than a suitable alternative closer to home.

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Found Objects Art Trail Gains Interactive Component

Use your phone to scan a QR code along the trail to enhance your visitor experience by viewing a map of the artwork and answering questions at each stop. 

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Superior Sunrise Shot Wins December Photo Contest

Channahon resident Kevin Kuchler's photo of a sunrise at Lake Renwick Preserve won the final month of the contest, which ran from May through December. His photo will compete with other monthly finalists for overall contest honors via online voting on Facebook. 

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Give Eagles A Wide Berth When Out in the Preserves

If you go eagle watching this year, remember to give these amazing creatures a wide berth so you do not disturb their turf.

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4.5 Billion Years in 45 Minutes (Zoom webinar)

Speed through time, learning about how the fossil record is divided and developments displayed in each major period. 

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Leafing Through Time Fireside Book Club

Join us the fourth Wednesday of the month to discuss an important work of fiction or non-fiction that helps connect us to our natural and cultural history. 

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The Buzz

Nature Curiosity: What Is Mange?


Mange is an infection caused by mites and, while the mites themselves are not deadly, animals infected with mange can die if left untreated.

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You're Probably Using Too Much Salt to Deice Your Driveway


Winter's wacky weather keeps us on our toes, but before you stock up on salt to keep your driveway and sidewalks clear, make sure you know how much you really need to use.

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