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Hey Folks, Nature Is Not A Petting Zoo. Leave The Animals Alone

The wildlife you see in the preserves and elsewhere is just that — wild. The preserves aren't petting zoos, and people should not touch or otherwise handle animals they encounter.

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Head Outside And Listen To Nature. It's Good For You, A New Study Shows

What's that sound? If it's the sounds of nature, it's good for your health, according to a new study.

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Migration Watch: Monarchs Have Landed in Illinois

We're charting migrations this season, announcing when a variety of species hit milestones on their travels north.

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The Stinky Scourge of Suburbia: Bradford Pear Trees

That fetid smell in the air may be coming from your own yard. Bradford pear trees are in full bloom now, revealing beautiful white blooms but also emitting a stench that's similar to that of rotting fish. 

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5 Facts To Help You Celebrate International Beaver Day

In recognition of International Beaver Day on April 7, here are five facts to help you appreciate these industrious animals.

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Save Yourself From Heartbreak: Check Your Yard for Rabbit Nests Before Mowing

Before you cut your grass for the first time this year, give your yard a good once-over to look for rabbit nests. These nests often look just like a small patch of dead grass, but the babies are just under the surface, leaving them vulnerable to lawnmowers.

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5 Facts About Those Delightful Dandelions

The dandelion is probably the most hated plant in America, but it actually is an important part of the landscape. 

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Happening Now: Early Spring Wildflowers Starting to Emerge

Spring may be just beginning to give way to winter, but the earliest of our native wildflowers have already started to bloom. Here's a look at what you might see in bloom right now.

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The Animal Kingdom Is Full Of Stinkers

Skunks are certainly the most famous stinkers in the animal kingdom, but they are far from the only ones.

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Happening Now: Hundreds of Pelicans Return to Channahon

One of the most anticipated events among birders each spring and fall is the arrival of the American white pelicans at McKinley Woods in Channahon, and now is the time you'll start seeing these birds along the waterways in the area.

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What's The Difference?: Poisonous vs. Venomous

Are animals poisonous or venomous? They can be one or the other, but not usually both. It all has to do with how they deliver their toxins. 

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Bald Eagle Numbers Have Quadrupled Since 2009 Thanks To Conservation Effort

The bald eagle population in the contiguous 48 states has quadrupled since 2009, according to a new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Nature Curiosity: Where Does Dirt Come From?

The dirt on dirt — what's in it, where it comes from and why you should call it soil instead.

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Spring

When it comes to spring, there's so much to love. But there's also probably a lot you don't know about our most-anticipated season.

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5 Fabulous Facts About Fungi

The world of fungus is a literal kingdom, with tens of thousands of species including far more than the familiar mushrooms.

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Current Headlines

Tools of Empowerment: 'Recycle Your Bicycle' Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary


More than 1,000 bikes have been donated since the Forest Preserve District's program began in 2011. All of the bikes have been given to Chicago-based Working Bikes, which arranges for them to be refurbished and redistributed to those in need locally or around the world.

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2021 Preserve the Moment Photo Contest Underway


The contest is open to amateur photographers over the age of 18 and photos must be taken in a Forest Preserve District of Will County site.

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