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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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Quiz: Are You A Monarch Master?

Test you knowledge about monarchs with this 10-question quiz.

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What's The Difference: Frog Vs. Toad

Frogs and toads are both amphibians, and the differences between them can be confusing and subtle.

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Five Fascinating Facts About Pelicans

The American white pelicans are back, but there's probably a lot you don't know about these big birds. Dive in to learn more about one of the more beloved animals seen in Will County.

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Creature Feature: The Treasured Monarch

The monarch is the most recognizable butterfly in the United States, but these winged creatures aren't as common as they used to be. 

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Bees And Wasps Buzzing Your Hummingbird Feeders? You're Not Alone

If you've been seeing bees visiting your hummingbird feeders more than the hummingbirds, you're not alone. Learn why we see them more at this time of year and some tips for keeping them away.

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Birds Sunbathe Just Like Humans, But Not Always For The Same Reasons

Birds bask in the sun just like us. Sometimes they are just trying to warm up or dry off, but sunbathing also helps birds stay healthy and more attractive to potential mates.

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Myth Buster: There's No Such Thing As Heat Lightning

Heat lightning is just a myth. What we think of as heat lightning is really just lightning from a thunderstorm that is too far away to experience its other effects.

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Plogging Is One Fitness Trend We Hope Sticks Around For Good

Plogging is jogging while picking up trash you find along the way, and we hope it's a fitness fad that doesn't fade away.

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Current Headlines

State Issues Algae Bloom Warning for Lake and River Recreation


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'


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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