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What's Got You Sneezing? Blame Ragweed, Not Goldenrod

Sneezing a lot lately? Blame ragweed, not goldenrod. 

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What's That Sound? Birding By Ear Can Be a Rewarding Way To Grow Birding Knowledge

Looking for a challenge? Give birding by ear a try.

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What's The Difference: Insects vs. Arachnids

Insects or arachnid? There are a few key differences.

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Nature Curiosity: When Do Hummingbirds Migrate?

Hummingbirds are here in Will County for a good portion of the year, but knowing when they migrate can help determine when to have hummingbird feeders out. 

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5 Fast Facts About Those Pesky Mosquitoes

Five facts about mosquitoes — perhaps the most hated creature on Earth.

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Nature Curiosity: How Can Birds Sit on Power Lines?

We all know to keep a safe distance from power lines, so how are birds and squirrels able to touch them without consequence?

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Five Fun Facts About Bioluminescent Lightning Bugs

Lightning bugs are a summer tradition, and there's plenty about these insects that is fascinating. 

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What's The Difference?: Northern Water Snake vs. Cottonmouth

Harmless northern water snake or venomous cottonmouth? In northern Illinois, there's no doubt it's a harmless water snake.

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Can You Slither Your Way To A Perfect Score On This Snake Quiz?

Test your knowledge on snakes with this 15-question quiz.

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Just Relax: How To Enjoy Your Time in the Great Outdoors

Spending time outdoors is good for you, but it can be tough to find the time. Here's some simple and easy ideas for enjoying the great outdoors.

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Five Fun Facts About Those Playful River Otters

Playful river otters were once endangered in Illinois, but they now live in every county in the state. Here's five fun facts about these semi-aquatic animals.

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Life Under Water: Freshwater Mussels an Indicator of Healthy Habitat

Freshwater mussels are an indicator of clean water, but as we have changed the flow of our rivers, their population has plummeted. 

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The Monarchs Are Disappearing, But Here's How You Can Help

Monarch populations continue to plummet, but there are things you can do to help.

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Hate Mosquitoes? Try These Tricks To Keep The Buggers at Bay

From herb gardens to bug repellents to Skrillex music, here's a primer to stop mosquitoes from ruining your time outside.

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These Animal Dads are Worth Celebrating

Many males play a key role in giving their offspring a much-needed jump-start. 

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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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