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Bees And Wasps Buzzing Your Hummingbird Feeders? You're Not Alone

If you've been seeing bees visiting your hummingbird feeders more than the hummingbirds, you're not alone. Learn why we see them more at this time of year and some tips for keeping them away.

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Birds Sunbathe Just Like Humans, But Not Always For The Same Reasons

Birds bask in the sun just like us. Sometimes they are just trying to warm up or dry off, but sunbathing also helps birds stay healthy and more attractive to potential mates.

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Myth Buster: There's No Such Thing As Heat Lightning

Heat lightning is just a myth. What we think of as heat lightning is really just lightning from a thunderstorm that is too far away to experience its other effects.

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September Sky Watching: Fall Begins Soon, Even If Forecast Says Otherwise

September brings with it the arrival of fall, which officially begins either September 1 or September 22 depending on whether it's meteorological fall or astronomical fall. 

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Cottontail Rabbits?

Text your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Plogging Is One Fitness Trend We Hope Sticks Around For Good

Plogging is jogging while picking up trash you find along the way, and we hope it's a fitness fad that doesn't fade away.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Snakes Shed Their Skin?

Snakes are unique in that they shed their skin whole, a process called ecdysis. But why do they do this differently than other animals?

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Hummingbirds Have Already Started Migrating, But Don't Pack Away Your Feeders Yet

Ruby-throated hummingbirds migrate in waves, and some have already departed for their wintering grounds. But we'll continue to see the birds in Will County for weeks still, so keep filling your feeders.

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Creature Feature: The Prolific Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

You've probably seen a cottontail rabbit, but how much do you know about these common creatures?

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What's The Difference?: Bee vs. Hornet vs. Wasp

Bee, wasp or hornet? Learn the differences among these stinging insects.

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First Murder Hornets, Now Zombie Cicadas. Luckily, Their Names Make Them Sound Worse Than They Are

Zombie cicadas are the latest scary-sounding insect to roam the world, but much like the murder hornets before them they sound scarier than they actually are.

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Quiz: What's Your Belted Kingfisher IQ?

Find out on this 10-question quiz.

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5 Fascinating Facts About Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

The ruby-throated hummingbird is among the most beloved birds in Will County, and the more you know about them the more you will love them.

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Myth Buster: Bats Aren't Blind

Bats aren't blind — some can even see better than you — but they also don't need to rely on their vision to navigate in flight because they use echolocation.

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Creature Feature: The Eye-Catching Belted Kingfisher

The belted kingfisher is a common bird that lives across the entire United States, and they often catch the eye and the ear with their top-heavy appearance and loud, rattling calls.

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Here's Your Last Chance to Order A 2021 Dog Park Calendar


A limited quantity of the cute canine calendars are available until they're sold out; all proceeds benefit the Will County Humane Society.

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Foundation's Donation Will Fund Forest Preserve Projects, Programs


A donation of $48,610 from The Nature Foundation of Will County will pay for a Goodenow Grove Campground welcome station, complete with a solar charging station, and for wetland restoration also at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. 

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