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Bobcat Spotted for the First Time in Southern Will County Preserve

Sand Ridge Savanna is now the fifth preserve in the Forest Preserve District known to have bobcats. Learn more about bobcats and the District's game camera program with 10 questions answered by Becky Blankenship, the Forest Preserve's wildlife biologist.

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Monee Reservoir Weather Station Up and Running with Live Data

Whether you want to know if the winds are calm enough to kayak, temperatures are hot enough to hike or the barometric pressure is conducive to reeling in fish, the new Monee Reservoir weather station and its live data should help you plan a fun and safe outing. 

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Joliet Woman Named Volunteer of the Year

Ruth Meyer, 2020 Volunteer of the Year, and Joel Craig and Barb Ferry, 2019 Volunteers of the Year, received their awards at the April 8 Board of Commissioners meeting. 

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Limestone Screening Work Begins on 2-Mile Section of Wauponsee Glacial Trail

New limestone screenings are being added to a 2-mile stretch of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail, starting at North Arsenal Road and traveling north to approximately the 12-mile marker on the path.

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Forest Preserve Partners with Homer Glen to Offer Nature Recreation

The programs will be offered at both Forest Preserve and Village locations from April through September and they cover a wide variety of activities including gardening, bicycling and nature exploration.

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Prevent Vehicle Burglaries by Following These Tips

Forest Preserve police are reminding visitors to lock their vehicles and to leave valuables at home as they plan their 2021 nature outings. 

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Heavy Metal Iguana Wins Juried Art Show

Juan Lopez's 71-inch-long metal iguana made of nuts, bolts, screws and tools locked up first place in the Forest Preserve District's 2021 "Sculpting WILD" juried art show, which ended April 3 at Plum Creek Nature Center. Lopez was awarded the top prize of $500 for his creation.

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Foundation Offers 2021 Plant Sales and Educational Seminars

The Nature Foundation of Will County's spring plant sale has concluded, but two more plant sales will be popping up in the coming weeks.

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Create Your Own Pollinator-friendly Garden with ‘Plant by Numbers’ Templates

View the pollinator garden and landscaping at Isle a la Cache in Romeoville for inspiration, and then use templates available at Isle a la Cache Museum or online to create a natural landscape tailored to your yard's soil and sun conditions.

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Northern Cardinal Emerges as 2021 Tournament of Birds Champ

Thousands of votes were cast and there was one clear winner.

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Watch 'The Buzz' to Get the Scoop on Wildlife Monitoring and Waterfowl Spotting

Program host Suzy Lyttle will take viewers on a journey to discover how and why the Forest Preserve monitors wildlife and the best locations for spotting waterfowl. The Buzz Bit will feature spring's early riser, the skunk cabbage, and a relaxing Moment of Zen with pelicans.

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Celebrate Earth Day Month with the Forest Preserve

Hike, explore and recycle to show Mother Earth you care this year during Earth Day month activities offered by the Forest Preserve District in April.

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Dead Fish Are Littering the Shore at Rock Run Preserve — Here's Why

Winter's deep snow and bitterly cold temperatures combined to cause a naturally occurring fish kill in a pond at Rock Run Preserve in Joliet. Spring's thaw has revealed the dead fish, which will soon decay and be scavenged by other creatures.

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Prescribed Burn Season: Here's Where We're Burning Today

This map is updated daily as another way to notify the public when a prescribed burn is being conducted.

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New Joliet Iron Works Interpretive Signs Bring the Story Alive

The new Joliet Iron Works signs were installed this past winter, and they focus more on the workers who braved great heat and heights to earn their paychecks and the neighborhoods and gathering sites they built in and around downtown Joliet.

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Events

Earth Day Bird Hike

Celebrate Earth Day with an evening bird hike at Isle a la Cache preserve. 

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Earth Day Hike

Celebrate Earth on a fun and invigorating hike, then settle in and enjoy the sunset.

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The Buzz

Migration Watch: Baltimore Orioles Have Arrived in Northern Illinois

4/22/2021

Here's another colorful sign of spring that may be popping up in your yard.

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In Spring, Vernal Pools Are Teeming With Life

4/21/2021

Vernal pools are temporary waterways that are teeming with life in spring, but our way of life threatens their existence. 

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