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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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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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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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Mysterious, Night-Dwelling Owls May Just Be The Coolest Birds Around

The Forest Preserve's Bob Bryerton tells us why owls are such fascinating creatures and why we just can't learn enough about these stealthy, winged beasts. 

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2021 Permits Now On Sale

2021 picnicking and camping permits will be available online or in person at the Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. Other Forest Preserve visitor centers remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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December 'Buzz' Show Features Nesting Islands, Baby Turtles and Bird Feeding Tips

Take a virtual kayak trip to the islands of Lake Renwick Preserve, see state-endangered Blanding's turtles up close, and get some winter bird feeding tips during the December episode of the program, which will air live on Facebook at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 30.

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Soar to New Birding Heights This Winter with Bird Education Initiative

Visit one of the Forest Preserve's birding stations to watch local birds congregate and view interpretive signs and QR codes that will educate you and enhance your birding skills. And don't forget to look for the roving naturalists who will give you additional bird feeding and watching tips and tricks.

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VanDuyne Elected Forest Preserve Board President

VanDuyne succeeds Kenneth Harris, who chose not to seek re-election to the post. Also elected were: Rachel Ventura, vice president; Mica Freeman, secretary; and Tyler Marcum, treasurer.

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Where the People are: Roving Naturalists Enhance Preserve Outings

The Forest Preserve launched a roving interpretive naturalist program earlier this year as a way to enhance preserve visitor experiences. 

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Get Outside This Winter to Stay Healthy and Reduce Stress

The Forest Preserve District's 127 miles of trails, six dog parks, sled hills, campgrounds and outdoor and online programs will keep you moving all season long. So, head outside to soak in some vitamin D, drop a few pounds and absorb the beauty of nature. 

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Rare Bird Alert: Western Tanager Lands In Channahon

Rare birds dropping into Will County sure are causing a frenzy among birders, with the latest unusual sighting coming in the form of a western tanager in Channahon.

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Mike Nagrocki's 'Happy Place': A Backyard Escape Teeming with Wildlife

In the five years he has lived across from the Hastert-Bechstein preserve, Nagrocki has been transformed into a wildlife photographer and a bird and wildlife watcher, something he says has helped him to escape everyday life and to appreciate and learn about nature to a higher degree.

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Unusual December Bird Sighting: Baltimore Oriole at Rock Run Rookery

It's the time of year when birders expect to see woodpeckers, blue jays and bald eagles, to name just a few, but bird watchers are finding all sorts of surprises of late. The most recent one is a Baltimore oriole spotted at Rock Run Rookery Preserve on Friday. 

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Events

Breakfast with the Birds (Zoom webinar)

Log in from home via Zoom to take in the wonderful sights of the birds of Isle a la Cache.

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Soup-er Chili: Hike to the Bridge Series

Strap on your hiking boots for a winter hike and bring your favorite mug and a can of soup or chili so you can enjoy some to warm up afterward.

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The Buzz

Migration Watch: Hummingbirds Have Landed in the U.S., and You Can Map Their Progress

2/25/2021

Thanks to Journey North — a project run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum — you can chart the hummingbirds' progress as they head our way.

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Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

2/22/2021

The next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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