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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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Creature Feature: The Elusive Bobcat

Bobcats are the most abundant wildcats in the United States, but that doesn't mean you're likely to run into one. These elusive cats are masters at remaining unseen. 

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Quiz: Are You An Expert on Cardinals?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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What's the Difference?: Blizzard vs. Snowstorm

Snowstorms are often anticipated for days ahead of their arrival, but when does a snowstorm become a blizzard?

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Current Headlines

Discounted Dog Park Permits Now on Sale

7/22/2021

Half-price permits are available for purchase online, by mail or in person at one of four visitor centers. The permits can be used at all six Forest Preserve District dog parks through the end of 2021.

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Tag Along on a 'Beautiful Journey' During an Aerial Episode of 'The Buzz'

7/22/2021

Skim the treetops, glide over waterways and peek into nooks and crannies not visible from the ground as 'The Buzz' celebrates its one-year anniversary with an aerial extravaganza.

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