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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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Five Things About Those Beautiful Butterflies

Brush up on butterflies with these five fascinating facts.

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Like The Birds and The Bees? Turn Your Yard Into a Certified Wildlife Habitat

If your yard is abuzz with wildlife, see if it meets the criteria to become a certified wildlife habitat.

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Creature Feature: The Blue-Winged Teal

Blue-winged teals are migratory ducks, one of the last to arrive here each spring and one of the first to head south each fall. 

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Summer Solstice Means Lots of Daylight Ahead

In June, we experience the summer solstice, the day with the most amount of daylight each year. 

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No Space? No Problem. Small Spaces Still Work For Native Plants

You don't need a big yard — or any yard at all — to add native plants to your outdoor space. A small garden plot or even a container garden are more than enough to attract pollinators and other creatures.

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Let It Rain: How Rain Gardens Can Help Keep Our Water Clean

Adding a rain garden to your yard can help prevent flooding and also filter pollutants and chemicals out of the water supply.

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Five Things To Know About Our Beloved Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore orioles are one of the most anticipated birds each spring. Learn more about them with these five fun facts.

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Want More Birds In Your Yard? Try Adding a Birdhouse or Two

Some birds can be easily attracted to your yard by adding a birdhouse nearby.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Spiders Have So Many Eyes?

Most spiders have eight eyes, but not all spiders have good vision.

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Time To Slow Your Roll: Turtles Are On The Move For Nesting Season

Spring is a time when turtles are often on the move and at risk of being hit by cars. If you can safely move a turtle across a road, here's how to do it.

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Three Bison Calves Born at Midewin

The bison herd in Wilmington just got a little larger. And cuter.

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Tired Of Filling Your Bird Feeders? Grow Your Own Bird Seed

Skip the middleman and grow plants that birds will eat seeds and fruit from rather than filling your feeders with store-bought seed.

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What's The Difference?: Forest Preserve Vs. Nature Preserve

When is a forest preserve something more? State nature preserves are specially designated lands that protect a variety of high-quality natural areas as well as rare and endangered plants and animals. 

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Nature Deficit Disorder Is Real: Kids Need To Spend Time Outdoors

Sending your kids outside to play is good for their mental and physical health. 

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Current Headlines

State Issues Algae Bloom Warning for Lake and River Recreation


Conditions are ripe for the growth of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, in the state's lakes and rivers. So, the state is warning those who participate in water recreation to take precautions for themselves and their pets to avoid exposure.  

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Isle a la Cache Takes Part in 'Art in Your Yard' Event on Saturday


Starting at 10 a.m. on June 12, four artists participating in the Romeoville Art Society event will be on the north side of Isle a la Cache Museum featuring their works, which include poetry, pottery, paintings and music. Visitors should also check out the museum's indoor murals and make a note to return when the museum hosts the 'Inspired by Endangered Species Quilt Exhibition' from June 19 to July 25. 

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