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Buyer Beware: Mouse Traps Used Outdoors Often Injure Other Wildlife

If not used properly, many popular rodent control measures can be dangerous for other wildlife.

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How To Help Pollinating Insects Well Into Fall

Fall is a trying time for pollinating insects. They're still in need of food and water even as their regular sources begin to fade away as summer gives way to autumn. You can help by planting late-blooming native plants and providing for their needs.

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Keep Your Eyes To The Skies In October And You May Be Rewarded With a Shooting Star

October is full of opportunities to see a shooting star — if you know when to look.

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Five Fun Facts About So-Ugly-They're-Cute Opossums

From their appearance to their behaviors, opossums are unique in many ways.

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Step Carefully: Cooler Weather Sends Stink Bugs Indoors

With summer-like temperatures on the way out, it's the time of year when stink bugs start making their way into our homes. Resist the urge to stomp on or squish them or you'll quickly learn how these insects got their name.

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What's The Difference?: River Vs. Stream Vs. Creek

What's the difference between a river, a creek and a stream? When it comes right down to it, not much at all.

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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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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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Five Facts About America's Once Vast Prairie

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

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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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Fourth Annual 'Bison Crawl' Goes Virtual

10/21/2021

The Forest Preserve District will co-host a Zoom webinar set for 11 a.m. November 6 as part of National Bison Day activities overseen locally by the USDA Forest Service's Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. 

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Have You Captured a Picture-Perfect Moment in the Preserves? Enter It In This Month's Photo Contest

10/21/2021

Fall is in full swing, and if you're making it a point to spend some time enjoying the season in the Will County forest preserves, be sure to bring your camera so you can enter the District's Preserve the Moment photo contest. 

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