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  • Nature curiosity: Can it really rain cats and dogs?


    It can't really rain cats and dogs, but it's not for the reason you may think.

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  • Snap pics of butterflies you see to contribute to global citizen science project


    You can snap shots of butterflies to contribute to a global citizen science effort to raise awareness of declining butterfly populations.

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  • Quiz: Are you an expert on six-lined racerunners?


    Find out with this 10-question quiz.

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  • How to attract hummingbirds to your yard: Native plants are best


    Both hummingbird feeders and wildflowers can help attract ruby-throated hummingbirds to your yard, but don't forget about including plants that host insects, another important food source for these tiny beauties.

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  • Five fast facts about always flying chimney swifts


    Chimney swifts are almost always seen in flight, and their silhouette in the air gave rise to their nickname, flying cigars.

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  • Creature Feature: The silky-looking six-lined racerunner


    Get to know a little about the six-lined racerunner, one of only two lizard species that live in Will County.

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  • Nature curiosity: When does a bird need help?


    It’s a question that comes up often: I found an injured bird that might be injured, so what should I do? The answer depends on many factors, including the age and type of bird, but in many cases the best course of action is contacting a licensed wildlife rehabilitator who can help the animal.

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  • During spring, warblers add to the sights and sounds of the 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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  • Migration watch: Hummingbirds have landed in Will County


    Thanks to Journey North — a project run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum — you can chart the ruby-throated hummingbirds' progress as they head our way. 

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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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Current Headlines

Foundation's summer benefit concert brings jazz and funk to Whalon Lake


The band Big Lagniappe will perform funk and jazz, and food truck fare will be available for purchase at The Nature Foundation of Will County's summer benefit concert on Aug. 20 at Whalon Lake in Naperville. Proceeds benefit the Forest Preserve District. 

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Kankakee Sands features 'spectacular' blooms after years of restoration


From hairy puccoon in the spring to rattlesnake master in the summer, Kankakee Sands Preserve is in full bloom thanks to a multiyear restoration effort that is converting the rare ecosystem back to what the land was generations ago. 

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