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Things We Love: Those Magical Mayapples

The blooms of spring wildflowers can be fleeting, and that's certainly true of the mayapple. But what makes this plant all the more special is that its flowers hide under umbrella-like leaves, making them even harder to catch a glimpse of. 

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Quiz: Are You Smart About Blue-Spotted Salamanders?

Test your knowledge with this 10-question quiz.

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Be A Citizen Scientist With The City Nature Challenge

This is the perfect year to participate in the City Nature Challenge, the aim of which is to document the plants and animals around your home. 

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What You Need to Know About Those Invasive and Destructive Gypsy Moths

Not all moths and butterflies should be treasured. Some, like the gypsy moth, are invasive and are harming local habitats. 

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Things We Love: Those Rascally Raccoons

Raccoons have a well-earned reputation for being trash bandits, but they deserve our respect too. 

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Things We Love: The Aptly Named Bloodroot

Spring wildflowers are beautiful but fleeting. Keep your eyes trained to the ground when out for a walk to see if you can spot bloodroot, a fascinating ephemeral. 

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Who Will Win The Ultimate Animal Bracket Battle?

After the overwhelming success of our second annual "Tournament of Birds," we're branching out with a new animal bracket pitting two things against each other that people love and love to hate: cute and cuddly animals against creepy crawlies.

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Myth Buster: Lightning Can Strike The Same Place Twice

Lightning can — and will — strike the same place twice, so always head indoors when thunder roars. 

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Things We Love: Those Fiercely Protective Crappies

Spring is spawning season for crappies, which offers an opportunity to get a good look at these fish. 

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Creature Feature: The Secretive Blue-Spotted Salamander

Have you ever seen a blue-spotted salamander? Most people haven't, but they do live in Will County. Finding one is a matter of knowing where to look. 

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What's The Difference?: Fox Snake vs. Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

Is that snake you saw a dangerous eastern massasauga rattlesnake or a nonvenomous fox snake? If you saw it in Will County, it was a fox snake. The massasauga does not live in Will County. In fact, no venomous snakes do.

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Invasion Of The Jumping Worms: They're A Big Threat To Soil Quality

Invasion of the jumping worms isn't the next box-office thriller. These invasive worms are becoming widespread in Illinois, destroying the soil quality wherever they are. 

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Wins 'Tournament of Birds'

It was a long road in the 16-bird field, where there were some very close matchups and some blowouts along the way, but the No. 1-seeded ruby-throated hummingbird emerged as this year's champion in the 'Tournament of Birds.'

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5 Facts To Help You Celebrate International Beaver Day

In recognition of International Beaver Day on April 7, here are five facts to help you appreciate these industrious animals.

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Things We Love: Those Lovely Lichens

Lichens are little known and not well understood, but they deserve our appreciation.

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Here's Your Last Chance to Order A 2021 Dog Park Calendar


A limited quantity of the cute canine calendars are available until they're sold out; all proceeds benefit the Will County Humane Society.

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Foundation's Donation Will Fund Forest Preserve Projects, Programs


A donation of $48,610 from The Nature Foundation of Will County will pay for a Goodenow Grove Campground welcome station, complete with a solar charging station, and for wetland restoration also at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. 

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