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Happening Now: Male Woodcocks Performing Their Elaborate Courtship Ritual

Now is the time to see woodcocks out in the preserves, and there's a lot to love about these birds — from the males' elaborate courtship ritual to their cute nicknames.

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We Were Issued Fewer Receipts in 2020; Why That's A Good Thing

The COVID pandemic affected virtually every aspect of life, including how many receipts were printed in 2020.

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Don't Feed Ducks and Geese Bread; You're Making Them Sick

Next time you're at a local pond, resist the urge to feed the ducks and geese. They don't need our help, and we are actually making them sick.

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Love Is In The Air? It's Just Skunk Mating Season

It's skunk mating season, and as male skunks are out and about searching for mates, we may have more close encounters with these animals, resulting in that telltale smell in the air. 

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Drunk Birds? It Does Happen From Time To Time

It's not exactly a common occurrence, but birds do get drunk, especially at this time of year when the fruit they eat becomes fermented.

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Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

The next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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5 Things To Know About Great Horned Owls, the Quintessential Owl

Great horned owls are one of our most beloved creatures of the night.  Here are some things you might not know about them.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Birds Fly Into Windows?

Hundreds of millions of birds die every year from flying into windows. We understand why they do this, and there are things you can do at home to prevent it.

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Myth Buster: We Don't Really Swallow Eight Spiders A Year While Sleeping

You can sleep soundly tonight knowing that there's no truth to the legend that we swallow eight spiders a year in our sleep.

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What's The Difference?: Beaver vs. Muskrat

A furry brown critter swimming around in the water can be any of several animals. Learn to tell the difference between two likely suspects.

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Name That Squirrel: Red Squirrels Pop Up In A Few Will County Preserves

You probably know about gray squirrels and fox squirrels, but they aren't the only tree squirrels scurrying around Will County. The red squirrel is their less-common cousin, and it's found in a few Will County preserves.

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5 Things To Know About Groundhogs, The Star Of The Day

Groundhogs are enjoying their annual day in the spotlight, but there's a lot more to them than just the silly notion that Punxsutawney Phil can predict when winter will end.

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Don’t Believe Cicada Hype: Big Brood Won’t Emerge Here Until 2024

There's been a lot of buzz about the cicadas that will emerge this summer after spending 17 years underground, but we won't be seeing or hearing these cicadas across northern Illinois. We won't see our next big emergence until 2024 — and it could be a show-stopper.

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Love Birds? Here Are Six Easy Ways You Can Help Them

Our birds are disappearing at an alarming rate. Saving them may seem overwhelming, but there are many simple things you can do at home to help.

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Nature Curiosity: What Is Mange?

Mange is an infection caused by mites and, while the mites themselves are not deadly, animals infected with mange can die if left untreated.

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Current Headlines

Tools of Empowerment: 'Recycle Your Bicycle' Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary


More than 1,000 bikes have been donated since the Forest Preserve District's program began in 2011. All of the bikes have been given to Chicago-based Working Bikes, which arranges for them to be refurbished and redistributed to those in need locally or around the world.

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2021 Preserve the Moment Photo Contest Underway


The contest is open to amateur photographers over the age of 18 and photos must be taken in a Forest Preserve District of Will County site.

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