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  • Nature curiosity: When does a bird need help?


    It’s a question that comes up often: I found an injured bird that might be injured, so what should I do? The answer depends on many factors, including the age and type of bird, but in many cases the best course of action is contacting a licensed wildlife rehabilitator who can help the animal.

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  • During spring, warblers add to the sights and sounds of the forest


    Spring is migration time for many songbirds, including warblers. These small birds add to the sights and sounds of the forest this time of year.

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  • Migration watch: Hummingbirds have landed in Will County


    Thanks to Journey North — a project run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum — you can chart the ruby-throated hummingbirds' progress as they head our way. 

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  • Can you slither your way to a perfect score on this snake quiz?


    Test your knowledge on snakes with this 15-question quiz.

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  • Five facts about show-stopping lunar eclipses


    Lunar eclipses only happen a few times a year, and they aren't visible from everywhere even if the weather cooperates, making them a real show stopper if you are fortunate enough to see one.

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  • Nature curiosity: What makes a weed a weed?


    Essentially, weeds are any plants that are growing in an area where they are not intended to grow, but it's a little more complicated than that, legally speaking.

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  • The trails are for everyone, so mind your manners out there


    The trails can be crowded on nice days, so make sure you're being a good neighbor by practicing proper trail etiquette. 

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  • Five fun facts about those busy beavers


    The old saying "busy as a beaver" is not joke. Beavers are among the most industrious animals on Earth, and they put their skills to good use.

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  • How to stay safe around feisty geese during nesting season


    It's nesting season for Canada geese, so don't be surprised if they seem a little more feisty and aggressive than usual. And if you come face to face with one, don't turn your back and run.

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  • The stinky scourge of suburbia: Bradford pear trees


    That fetid smell in the air may be coming from your own yard. Bradford pear trees are in full bloom now, revealing beautiful white blooms but also emitting a stench that's similar to that of rotting fish. 

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Current Headlines

Bilingual Bird Hike explores unique Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve


As part of The Preserves Are for You campaign, the Forest Preserve will host a Bilingual Bird Hike at Lockport Prairie on Aug. 27. A Spanish translator will be present and all bird-watching experience levels are welcome. 

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Thorn Creek Woods, nature center to close for repairs


An AmeriCorps project at Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve will begin on Monday, Aug. 29, and run through Friday, Sept. 2. During this time, the parking lot, trails and nature center will all be closed. 

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