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No Need To Sweat Non-Aggressive Sweat Bees Or Lookalike Hover Flies

Sweat bees and hover flies are often confused for both one another and for other bees. Neither poses any threat, however, and both are essential insects.

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Invasion Of The Jumping Worms: They're A Big Threat To Soil Quality

Invasion of the jumping worms isn't the next box-office thriller. These invasive worms are becoming widespread in Illinois, destroying the soil quality wherever they are. 

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Leaves Flip Before It Rains?

Do leaves tell us when it's going to rain? They can, but as with most weather forecasts, there are no guarantees.

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Looking For Peak Fall Colors? Let This Interactive Map Guide You

If you're counting down the days to a colorful canopy, this map is just for you.

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We've Hit Peak Monarch Migration In Will County

If you enjoy the sight of colorful monarchs fluttering about, you're going to love the next few weeks.

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The Science Behind Those Picture-Perfect Sunsets

A picture-perfect sunset is far from a guarantee, and a lot of factors play into whether the sun's inevitable slip below the horizon each day will take your breath away.

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What's the Difference?: Chrysalis Vs. Cocoon

A chrysalis and a cocoon are not one and the same. Learn the differences between them, starting with which insect uses which.

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Quiz: Which Wild Bird Are You?

Take this 10-question quiz to find out.

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September Sky Watching: Neptune, The Harvest Moon and Maybe A Fireball Or Two

The night sky will be full of delights in September, from Neptune at opposition to the harvest moon to the potential for fiery shooting stars.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Does Rain Smell So Good?

Who doesn't love the sweet, earthy smell of rain? 

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Five Facts About America's Once Vast Prairie

America's prairies have long been celebrated, but they've mostly disappeared.

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What's Got You Sneezing? Blame Ragweed, Not Goldenrod

Sneezing a lot lately? Blame ragweed, not goldenrod. 

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What's That Sound? Birding By Ear Can Be a Rewarding Way To Grow Birding Knowledge

Looking for a challenge? Give birding by ear a try.

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What's The Difference: Insects vs. Arachnids

Insects or arachnid? There are a few key differences.

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Nature Curiosity: When Do Hummingbirds Migrate?

Hummingbirds are here in Will County for a good portion of the year, but knowing when they migrate can help determine when to have hummingbird feeders out. 

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View Will County's Big Bird Visitors During 2021 'Pelican Watch'


Hike to see pelicans, view a live pelican presentation or examine pelican exhibits during the 'Pelican Watch' event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 25 at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. 

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Show Off Your Photography Skills In The Preserve The Moment Photo Contest


Grab that camera — or heck, take some nice landscape or detail shots with your phone — and then enter the Preserve the Moment photo contest and see if you have what it takes to become a September finalist.

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