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Five Things About Those Beautiful Butterflies

Brush up on butterflies with these five fascinating facts.

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Like The Birds and The Bees? Turn Your Yard Into a Certified Wildlife Habitat

If your yard is abuzz with wildlife, see if it meets the criteria to become a certified wildlife habitat.

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Creature Feature: The Blue-Winged Teal

Blue-winged teals are migratory ducks, one of the last to arrive here each spring and one of the first to head south each fall. 

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No Space? No Problem. Small Spaces Still Work For Native Plants

You don't need a big yard — or any yard at all — to add native plants to your outdoor space. A small garden plot or even a container garden are more than enough to attract pollinators and other creatures.

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Let It Rain: How Rain Gardens Can Help Keep Our Water Clean

Adding a rain garden to your yard can help prevent flooding and also filter pollutants and chemicals out of the water supply.

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Five Things To Know About Our Beloved Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore orioles are one of the most anticipated birds each spring. Learn more about them with these five fun facts.

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Want More Birds In Your Yard? Try Adding a Birdhouse or Two

Some birds can be easily attracted to your yard by adding a birdhouse nearby.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Spiders Have So Many Eyes?

Most spiders have eight eyes, but not all spiders have good vision.

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Tired Of Filling Your Bird Feeders? Grow Your Own Bird Seed

Skip the middleman and grow plants that birds will eat seeds and fruit from rather than filling your feeders with store-bought seed.

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What's The Difference?: Forest Preserve Vs. Nature Preserve

When is a forest preserve something more? State nature preserves are specially designated lands that protect a variety of high-quality natural areas as well as rare and endangered plants and animals. 

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Three Bison Calves Born at Midewin

The bison herd in Wilmington just got a little larger. And cuter.

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Nature Deficit Disorder Is Real: Kids Need To Spend Time Outdoors

Sending your kids outside to play is good for their mental and physical health. 

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Oh, Baby! These Names For Baby Animals Are Just Too Cute

Sometimes the terms used for baby animals are about as cute as the animals themselves. 

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Five Mind-Blowing Facts About Trees

Here's a look at some of the many reasons we should appreciate trees.

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Make The Most Of World Migratory Bird Day By Participating In Global Big Day

Birders have another chance to help create a global snapshot of birds by participating in the annual Global Big Day event on Saturday, May 8.

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Current Headlines

Discounted Dog Park Permits Now on Sale

7/22/2021

Half-price permits are available for purchase online, by mail or in person at one of four visitor centers. The permits can be used at all six Forest Preserve District dog parks through the end of 2021.

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Tag Along on a 'Beautiful Journey' During an Aerial Episode of 'The Buzz'

7/22/2021

Skim the treetops, glide over waterways and peek into nooks and crannies not visible from the ground as 'The Buzz' celebrates its one-year anniversary with an aerial extravaganza.

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