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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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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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Dog’s icy ordeal at Monee Reservoir ends happily thanks to fire and police rescue efforts

Kim Jones is appreciative of all who helped rescue his dog, Rocco, from icy waters on March 5. The golden retriever is doing fine, but the incident serves as a warning for everyone to be wary of water and ice and to keep your pets leashed at all times.

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State Transfers Thorn Creek Woods Acreage to Forest Preserve

The transfer of 466 acres in February gives the Forest Preserve ownership of around 780 acres of the 1,000-acre preserve located in eastern Will County.

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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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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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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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Strange and Spectacular Species (Zoom webinar)

Life on Earth can be truly weird and wacky. Learn about some of the incredibly unique and fascinating adaptations our local animals rely on to survive in the wild.

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Volunteer Workday: Romeoville Prairie Nature Preserve

Contribute to your community, support your local environment, meet fellow nature-lovers, and get some fresh air and exercise.

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The Buzz

November Sky Watching: A Partial Lunar Eclipse and Plenty of Chances for Shooting Stars


November's sky watching includes a partial — but almost total — lunar eclipse and plenty of chances to wish upon a shooting star. 

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Halloween Special: Six Very Freaky Fungi


Halloween may be right around the corner, but if you're looking for some nature-inspired horror shows at different times of year, all you have to do is look down while walking the trails.

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