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Creature Feature: The Eye-Catching Belted Kingfisher

The belted kingfisher is a common bird that lives across the entire United States, and they often catch the eye and the ear with their top-heavy appearance and loud, rattling calls.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Flowers Smell Good?

Next time you stop to smell the roses, or any other sweet-smelling flower for that matter, keep in mind that the fragrance isn't intended for you. Instead, the plants are trying to attract insects and birds to aid in pollination. 

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Too Many Mosquitoes In Your Yard? Attract Dragonflies

Dragonflies can eat dozens of mosquitoes a day, so attracting them to your yard might help make your time outside more enjoyable.

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Quiz: Can You Ace This River Otter Quiz?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Do You Have Bats Living Nearby? State Researchers Want To Know

If you know of bats living on your property or nearby, you can submit the information to researchers studying bats in Illinois. 

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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?: Butterfly Vs. Moth

Is that a moth or a butterfly? Learn the clues to help you tell the difference. 

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Myth Buster: Opossums Don't Really Hang By Their Tails To Sleep

Opossums are often depicted in cartoons as hanging upside down by their tails, but they aren't really able to do it for any length of time. 

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Creature Feature: The Playful River Otter

River otters once nearly disappeared from Illinois, but these playful creatures have rebounded, thanks to a successful conservation program.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Are Some Mornings So Dewy?

What does it mean when the grass is wet and dewy in the morning? Can it tell you anything about the weather to come?

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The Monarchs Are Disappearing, But Here's How You Can Help

Monarch populations continue to plummet, but there are things you can do to help.

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These Animal Dads are Worth Celebrating

Many males play a key role in giving their offspring a much-needed jump-start. 

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Quiz: Are You An Expert on 13-Lined Ground Squirrels?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Tree Burls Create Optical Illusions In The Forest

If you've ever seen a monkey in a tree in an Illinois forest, chances are it was really a tree burl creating an optical illusion. 

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What's The Difference?: Wetland vs. Marsh vs. Swamp

Wetlands link land and water, creating a crucial habitat with many important roles.

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Current Headlines

From Sap to Syrup: 'Maple Syrup Magic' Program Highlights Unique Product

2/25/2021

Get a taste of the work and science behind maple syrup making during the 'Maple Syrup Magic' program set for March 6 at Plum Creek Nature Center. Participants will learn all about the history of this unique product and how to make it as they watch the process and taste the end result.

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Closes March 1 for Nesting Season

2/23/2021

The site will be closed to general access from March 1-August 15 to protect nesting birds. Visitors will be allowed only during bird-watching programs. The other two access areas for the preserve – Turtle Lake and Copley Nature Park – remain open from 8 a.m.-sunset year-round.

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