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5 Facts About Those Delightful Dandelions

The dandelion is probably the most hated plant in America, but it actually is an important part of the landscape. 

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The Animal Kingdom Is Full Of Stinkers

Skunks are certainly the most famous stinkers in the animal kingdom, but they are far from the only ones.

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What's The Difference?: Poisonous vs. Venomous

Are animals poisonous or venomous? They can be one or the other, but not usually both. It all has to do with how they deliver their toxins. 

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Bald Eagle Numbers Have Quadrupled Since 2009 Thanks To Conservation Effort

The bald eagle population in the contiguous 48 states has quadrupled since 2009, according to a new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Nature Curiosity: Where Does Dirt Come From?

The dirt on dirt — what's in it, where it comes from and why you should call it soil instead.

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5 Fabulous Facts About Fungi

The world of fungus is a literal kingdom, with tens of thousands of species including far more than the familiar mushrooms.

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Don't Feed Ducks and Geese Bread; You're Making Them Sick

Next time you're at a local pond, resist the urge to feed the ducks and geese. They don't need our help, and we are actually making them sick.

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Drunk Birds? It Does Happen From Time To Time

It's not exactly a common occurrence, but birds do get drunk, especially at this time of year when the fruit they eat becomes fermented.

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Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

The next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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5 Things To Know About Great Horned Owls, the Quintessential Owl

Great horned owls are one of our most beloved creatures of the night.  Here are some things you might not know about them.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Birds Fly Into Windows?

Hundreds of millions of birds die every year from flying into windows. We understand why they do this, and there are things you can do at home to prevent it.

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Myth Buster: We Don't Really Swallow Eight Spiders A Year While Sleeping

You can sleep soundly tonight knowing that there's no truth to the legend that we swallow eight spiders a year in our sleep.

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What's The Difference?: Beaver vs. Muskrat

A furry brown critter swimming around in the water can be any of several animals. Learn to tell the difference between two likely suspects.

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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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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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Rain Causes One Closure and a Caution for Anglers


Heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday led to one trail section closure on the Hickory Creek Bikeway near LaPorte Road Access and a caution for anglers at Monee Reservoir due to the high water level at the lake. All sections of Hickory Creek Bikeway are now open, but the back island at Monee Reservoir remains closed.

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Lockport Man Completes Mega 'Harvest Hustle' Quest: 11 Virtual 5K Races in 11 Days


Richard Fague ran 5Ks on all 11 trails designated for the virtual  'Harvest Hustle' program, even though participants are required to run only one 5K to finish the program.

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