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Nature Curiosity: What Is An Algal Bloom?

Algae are always present in water, but in certain conditions they reproduce quickly, resulting in potentially harmful algal blooms.

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Quiz: What's Your Blue-Winged Teal IQ?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Throwing A Party? Skip The Balloons To Help Save Wildlife

Balloons can wreak havoc on wildlife and the environment if not used and disposed of properly, so think twice before including them in your party decor. 

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What's the Difference?: Common Snapping Turtle vs. Alligator Snapping Turtle

Common snapping turtle or alligator snapping turtle? In Will County, the answer is easy.

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Five Things About Those Beautiful Butterflies

Brush up on butterflies with these five fascinating facts.

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Like The Birds and The Bees? Turn Your Yard Into a Certified Wildlife Habitat

If your yard is abuzz with wildlife, see if it meets the criteria to become a certified wildlife habitat.

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Creature Feature: The Blue-Winged Teal

Blue-winged teals are migratory ducks, one of the last to arrive here each spring and one of the first to head south each fall. 

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No Space? No Problem. Small Spaces Still Work For Native Plants

You don't need a big yard — or any yard at all — to add native plants to your outdoor space. A small garden plot or even a container garden are more than enough to attract pollinators and other creatures.

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Let It Rain: How Rain Gardens Can Help Keep Our Water Clean

Adding a rain garden to your yard can help prevent flooding and also filter pollutants and chemicals out of the water supply.

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Five Things To Know About Our Beloved Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore orioles are one of the most anticipated birds each spring. Learn more about them with these five fun facts.

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Want More Birds In Your Yard? Try Adding a Birdhouse or Two

Some birds can be easily attracted to your yard by adding a birdhouse nearby.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Spiders Have So Many Eyes?

Most spiders have eight eyes, but not all spiders have good vision.

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Tired Of Filling Your Bird Feeders? Grow Your Own Bird Seed

Skip the middleman and grow plants that birds will eat seeds and fruit from rather than filling your feeders with store-bought seed.

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What's The Difference?: Forest Preserve Vs. Nature Preserve

When is a forest preserve something more? State nature preserves are specially designated lands that protect a variety of high-quality natural areas as well as rare and endangered plants and animals. 

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Three Bison Calves Born at Midewin

The bison herd in Wilmington just got a little larger. And cuter.

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Current Headlines

Rain Causes One Closure and a Caution for Anglers


Heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday led to one trail section closure on the Hickory Creek Bikeway near LaPorte Road Access and a caution for anglers at Monee Reservoir due to the high water level at the lake. All sections of Hickory Creek Bikeway are now open, but the back island at Monee Reservoir remains closed.

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Lockport Man Completes Mega 'Harvest Hustle' Quest: 11 Virtual 5K Races in 11 Days


Richard Fague ran 5Ks on all 11 trails designated for the virtual  'Harvest Hustle' program, even though participants are required to run only one 5K to finish the program.

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