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Quiz: Can You Ace This Short-Eared Owl Quiz?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Is Glitter Affecting Our Waterways? Yes, According to a Study

Adding a little sparkle to your life may have negative effects on our waterways when that sparkle comes in the form of glitter.

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Myth Buster: No Two Snowflakes Are Alike? Very Likely, But It's Hard To Prove

Every snowflake is unique, or at least as best as we can figure out. It's probably true that no two snowflakes are alike, but the sheer number of snowflakes makes it virtually impossible to determine with certainty.

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Creature Feature: The State-Endangered Short-Eared Owl

Short-eared owls are a little different than many of the other owls in Illinois. They are also endangered in our state.

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5 Things To Know About Those Wacky and Wonderful Woodpeckers

Among birds, woodpeckers stand out for their uniqueness. Learn what sets them apart from other birds.

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Survival Stories: How Animals Endure Winter's Worst Weather

Even so, when given the choice, most of us choose to spend most of our time indoors. Animals, though, don't exactly have a choice. 

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Quiz: What's Your Bobcat IQ?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Creature Feature: The Elusive Bobcat

Bobcats are the most abundant wildcats in the United States, but that doesn't mean you're likely to run into one. These elusive cats are masters at remaining unseen. 

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Quiz: Are You An Expert on Cardinals?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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What's the Difference?: Blizzard vs. Snowstorm

Snowstorms are often anticipated for days ahead of their arrival, but when does a snowstorm become a blizzard?

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Why Is Snowfall So Hard to Accurately Predict?

Those snow forecasts you see can often be much ado about nothing, because snow is notoriously hard to accurately forecast. 

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Have Your Christmas Lights Been Cut? Blame These Troublemakers

Almost nothing kills the holiday spirit quite like looking out your window to find that the Christmas lights you spent hours hanging outside are no longer lighting up the winter night.

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Creature Feature: The Beloved Northern Cardinal

The beloved cardinal is one of America's favorite birds. Learn everything about these creatures, from where they live to what they eat to how they got their name.

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Myth Buster: Dogs' Mouths Aren't Really Cleaner Than Humans

Contrary to popular belief, dogs' mouths are just as dirty as humans'. 

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Quiz: Are You An Expert on Screech Owls?

Take this 10-question quiz to find out. 

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Current Headlines

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

2/25/2021

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

2/23/2021

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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