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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Closes for Nesting Season

The site is closed to general access from March 1-August 15 to protect nesting birds. Visitors will be allowed only during bird-watching programs. The other two access areas for the preserve – Turtle Lake and Copley Nature Park – remain open from 8 a.m.-sunset year-round.

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Bolingbrook Company and Manhattan Scout receive 2020 Appreciation of Partners Awards

Crane Nuclear was selected for volunteer work accomplished by its employees along the DuPage River in Naperville. And Eagle Scout candidate Jaden Fehrenbacher was chosen for organizing a team to repair a trailside shelter at Hammel Woods in Shorewood. 

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Plastic Water Bottles Replaced with Eco-friendly Boxed Water at Monee Reservoir

When the Monee Reservoir Visitor Center reopens for the season on March 2, plastic water bottles will no longer be an option and only boxed water will be sold. The switch to boxed water is part of the Forest Preserve's push to become more sustainable.

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State Grant Awarded for Restoration of Preserves Created by Glaciers

The state grant will be used to enhance three southern Will County preserves that are home to 20 species considered endangered or threatened in Illinois and 43 species of greatest conservation need.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nature Show - 'The Buzz' - Features Feathered and Furry Creatures

Owls, sandhill cranes, and bones and furs will be highlighted during November's episode of 'The Buzz,' which airs at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, on Facebook.

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Hump Day Afternoon Paddle

Celebrate hump day by kayaking Whalon Lake!

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The Buzz on Bees (Zoom webinar)

June 21 through 27 is National Pollinator Week, and you can celebrate by learning about bees, a beneficial and often misunderstood pollinator.

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The Buzz

What's the Difference?: Common Snapping Turtle vs. Alligator Snapping Turtle


Common snapping turtle or alligator snapping turtle? In Will County, the answer is easy.

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It's Lightning Bug Season, So Be On The Lookout For These Incredible Creatures


Catching lightning bugs is a summer rite of passage. But do you know how these bugs light up? Or why?

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