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Quiz: Are You An Expert on Screech Owls?

Take this 10-question quiz to find out. 

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Whether Around The Block Or At A Preserve, Walking Your Dog Is A Win-Win

Taking your dog for regular walks has physical and mental health benefits for both you and your dog. If you need a change of scenery, bring your dog to one of Will County's preserves to check out some new sights — and smells.

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Quiz: What's Your Wild Turkey IQ?

Test your knowledge with these 10 questions.

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Creature Feature: The Compact Screech Owl

Screech owls aren't the large, imposing creatures most people think of when they think of owls, but these small owls still play an important role in the ecosystem.

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What's The Difference: Turtle Vs. Tortoise

Turtle or tortoise? There are some key differences between these animals, but if you saw it here in Illinois you can rest assured it was a turtle.

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Myth Buster: Woolly Bear Caterpillars Don't Really Predict Winter Weather

The bands on woolly bear caterpillars are said to be a sign about what Mother Nature has in store for us each winter, but in reality these insects can't tell us anything about the weather.

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Quiz: What's Your Wolf Spider IQ?

Test your knowledge on these arachnids with this 10-question quiz.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Is Blue So Rare in the Animal Kingdom?

Creatures come in all sizes, shapes and colors, but not all colors are represented equally. Find out why blue is so rare in the animal kingdom.

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Think Twice Before Your Drop That Apple Core on the Ground; It's Still Littering

Food scraps don't decompose as fast as you might think, so leaving your apple cores and banana peels behind is bad news for many reasons.

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Creature Feature: The Creepy, Crawly Wolf Spider

With eight long legs, eight eyes and fangs for mouthparts, wolf spiders look scarier than they are. In reality, they aren't dangerous at all, and they play an important role in the ecosystem.

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What's The Difference?: Ladybug vs. Lady Beetle

Ladybug or lady beetles? Are these creatures one and the same?

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Quiz: Test Your Spiny Softshell Turtle Knowledge

Find out on this 10-question quiz.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Beavers Hold Their Breath For So Long?

How do beavers stay under water for so long? Their bodies are specially designed for it.

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Myth Buster: Spider Silk Is As Strong As Steel? It's Not Quite So Simple

Is spider silk as strong as steel? Yes and no. 

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Creature Feature: The More Vulnerable Spiny Softshell Turtle

Softshell turtles are a little different than most turtles. Learn what sets them apart and how they compensate.

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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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