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Amid Rampant Deforestation, Every Tree Counts. You Can Help By Planting One At Home

Trees are disappearing at alarming rates, but don't think your actions are too small to make a difference. Planting a tree at home will have long-lasting positive effects on you and the world around you.

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Five Facts About Those Beloved Blooming Bluebells

It's bluebell season, so brush up on these spring beauties before planning a trip to see them in bloom.

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In Spring, Vernal Pools Are Teeming With Life

Vernal pools are temporary waterways that are teeming with life in spring, but our way of life threatens their existence. 

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It's A Wild World Out There, And The City Nature Challenge Hopes To Document It

You can help paint a picture of Earth's biodiversity by participating in the 2021 City Nature Challenge.

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Warblers Adding to the Sights and Sounds of the Spring Forest

Spring is migration time for many songbirds, including warblers. These small birds add to the sights and sounds of the forest this time of year.

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Nature Curiosity: Is It OK To Leave Nesting Material Out For Birds?

Birds will build their nests out of just about anything they can find, but is it OK to leave materials out for them to use?

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Migration Watch: Hummingbirds Have Landed in Will County

Thanks to Journey North — a project run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum — we've been able to chart the hummingbirds' progress as they head north.

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Bald Eagle Update: We Have Three Confirmed Eaglets in Two Nests

We've been monitoring two active bald eagle nests in the preserves this year, and we're excited to have visual confirmation that we have some new additions.

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It's Citizen Science Month, And A Bio Blitz Is A Perfect Way To Participate

If you want to turn your time outside in nature into something more, try a bio blitz. Your observations could help scientists better understand the biodiversity of a particular place at a particular time.

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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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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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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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