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Nature Curiosity: What Is Mange?

Mange is an infection caused by mites and, while the mites themselves are not deadly, animals infected with mange can die if left untreated.

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You're Probably Using Too Much Salt to Deice Your Driveway

Winter's wacky weather keeps us on our toes, but before you stock up on salt to keep your driveway and sidewalks clear, make sure you know how much you really need to use.

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Quiz: Can You Ace This Short-Eared Owl Quiz?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Is Glitter Affecting Our Waterways? Yes, According to a Study

Adding a little sparkle to your life may have negative effects on our waterways when that sparkle comes in the form of glitter.

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Myth Buster: No Two Snowflakes Are Alike? Very Likely, But It's Hard To Prove

Every snowflake is unique, or at least as best as we can figure out. It's probably true that no two snowflakes are alike, but the sheer number of snowflakes makes it virtually impossible to determine with certainty.

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Creature Feature: The State-Endangered Short-Eared Owl

Short-eared owls are a little different than many of the other owls in Illinois. They are also endangered in our state.

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5 Things To Know About Those Wacky and Wonderful Woodpeckers

Among birds, woodpeckers stand out for their uniqueness. Learn what sets them apart from other birds.

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Survival Stories: How Animals Endure Winter's Worst Weather

Even so, when given the choice, most of us choose to spend most of our time indoors. Animals, though, don't exactly have a choice. 

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Quiz: What's Your Bobcat IQ?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Creature Feature: The Elusive Bobcat

Bobcats are the most abundant wildcats in the United States, but that doesn't mean you're likely to run into one. These elusive cats are masters at remaining unseen. 

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Quiz: Are You An Expert on Cardinals?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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What's the Difference?: Blizzard vs. Snowstorm

Snowstorms are often anticipated for days ahead of their arrival, but when does a snowstorm become a blizzard?

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Why Is Snowfall So Hard to Accurately Predict?

Those snow forecasts you see can often be much ado about nothing, because snow is notoriously hard to accurately forecast. 

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Have Your Christmas Lights Been Cut? Blame These Troublemakers

Almost nothing kills the holiday spirit quite like looking out your window to find that the Christmas lights you spent hours hanging outside are no longer lighting up the winter night.

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Creature Feature: The Beloved Northern Cardinal

The beloved cardinal is one of America's favorite birds. Learn everything about these creatures, from where they live to what they eat to how they got their name.

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Rain Causes One Closure and a Caution for Anglers

10/26/2021

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

10/25/2021

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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