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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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You're Probably Using Too Much Salt to Deice Your Driveway

Winter's wacky weather keeps us on our toes, but before you stock up on salt to keep your driveway and sidewalks clear, make sure you know how much you really need to use.

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Quiz: Can You Ace This Short-Eared Owl Quiz?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Is Glitter Affecting Our Waterways? Yes, According to a Study

Adding a little sparkle to your life may have negative effects on our waterways when that sparkle comes in the form of glitter.

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Myth Buster: No Two Snowflakes Are Alike? Very Likely, But It's Hard To Prove

Every snowflake is unique, or at least as best as we can figure out. It's probably true that no two snowflakes are alike, but the sheer number of snowflakes makes it virtually impossible to determine with certainty.

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Creature Feature: The State-Endangered Short-Eared Owl

Short-eared owls are a little different than many of the other owls in Illinois. They are also endangered in our state.

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5 Things To Know About Those Wacky and Wonderful Woodpeckers

Among birds, woodpeckers stand out for their uniqueness. Learn what sets them apart from other birds.

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Survival Stories: How Animals Endure Winter's Worst Weather

Even so, when given the choice, most of us choose to spend most of our time indoors. Animals, though, don't exactly have a choice. 

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Quiz: What's Your Bobcat IQ?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Current Headlines

State Issues Algae Bloom Warning for Lake and River Recreation

6/10/2021

Conditions are ripe for the growth of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, in the state's lakes and rivers. So, the state is warning those who participate in water recreation to take precautions for themselves and their pets to avoid exposure.  

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Nosh in Nature This Summer with the Return of 'Food Truck Fridays'

6/9/2021

The family-friendly food truck program rotates between four preserves from June through August. In addition to grabbing a bite to eat and a dessert, attendees can participate in fun activities and relax on the grass to socialize. 

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