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What's The Difference?: Woods vs. Forest

A walk in the woods or a walk in the forest? Is there even a difference?

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Creature Feature: The Diminutive Downy Woodpecker

Downy woodpeckers are the smallest woodpecker in North America. Learn more about these birds in this creature feature.

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Friends, Not Enemies: Coyote and Badger Work Together on the Hunt

This is easily the cutest thing you'll see today: A playful coyote waiting for its badger buddy before continuing on its way through a wildlife crossing under a highway in California.

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Myth Buster: Frogs and Toads Don't Cause Warts

Toads and frogs can give you warts? Think again. Warts are caused by a human virus, and you won't get them from handling an animal. 

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'Extremely Obese' Owl Rescued After Being Too Fat to Fly

The little owl in England had become anything but little after gorging itself on mice and voles in a field.

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Forget The Groundhog, Just Watch For These Signs For A Weather Prediction

Groundhogs get a lot of credit as weather prognosticators at this time of year, but there's no science to back up their predictions. If you really want to know what the weather holds, look for these clues from the natural world.

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Quiz: What's Your Gray Squirrel IQ?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Woolly Bear Caterpillars Freeze to Death?

Woolly bear caterpillars can't predict how bad winter will be, but they do have a pretty cool way to survive even the coldest of temperatures.

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Has Your Bird Feeder Become a Squirrel Feeder? Here Are Some Ideas to Keep Those Rascals Away

Are your attempts at feeding the birds inadvertently keeping the neighborhood squirrels well fed? We're here to help.

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Creature Feature: The Agile Gray Squirrel

Do you know what kind of squirrel is taking up residence in your yard? Learn more about eastern gray squirrels and how to differentiate them from other squirrels that live in Illinois.

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What's the Difference: Lichens vs. Mosses

Can you tell the difference between a lichen and a moss? They often look very similar, but there are a few key differences. 

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How To Stay Safe And Avoid Unnecessary Coyote Encounters

Seeing coyotes in your neighborhood most is not cause for alarm because these animals are common throughout all of Illinois. You can keep yourself and your pets safe from them by following some simple, common-sense precautions.

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A Mild Winter Means No Break From Ticks

Winter weather isn't a guarantee that ticks don't pose a threat to you or your pets. If the temperature is above freezing and the ground isn't frozen, some ticks are still active, which means they can still spread tick-borne illnesses.

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Why Is The World So Quiet When It Snows? The Science Behind the Silence

It's not just a myth that the world seems more quiet after a snowfall. There's science behind the silence.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on the American Mink

Test your knowledge on these little-known creatures.

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Current Headlines

From Sap to Syrup: 'Maple Syrup Magic' Program Highlights Unique Product


Get a taste of the work and science behind maple syrup making during the 'Maple Syrup Magic' program set for March 6 at Plum Creek Nature Center. Participants will learn all about the history of this unique product and how to make it as they watch the process and taste the end result.

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Closes March 1 for Nesting Season


The site will be 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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