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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Cottontail Rabbits?

Text your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Snakes Shed Their Skin?

Snakes are unique in that they shed their skin whole, a process called ecdysis. But why do they do this differently than other animals?

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Creature Feature: The Prolific Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

You've probably seen a cottontail rabbit, but how much do you know about these common creatures?

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What's The Difference?: Bee vs. Hornet vs. Wasp

Bee, wasp or hornet? Learn the differences among these stinging insects.

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First Murder Hornets, Now Zombie Cicadas. Luckily, Their Names Make Them Sound Worse Than They Are

Zombie cicadas are the latest scary-sounding insect to roam the world, but much like the murder hornets before them they sound scarier than they actually are.

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Quiz: What's Your Belted Kingfisher IQ?

Find out on this 10-question quiz.

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5 Fascinating Facts About Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

The ruby-throated hummingbird is among the most beloved birds in Will County, and the more you know about them the more you will love them.

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Myth Buster: Bats Aren't Blind

Bats aren't blind — some can even see better than you — but they also don't need to rely on their vision to navigate in flight because they use echolocation.

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Creature Feature: The Eye-Catching Belted Kingfisher

The belted kingfisher is a common bird that lives across the entire United States, and they often catch the eye and the ear with their top-heavy appearance and loud, rattling calls.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Flowers Smell Good?

Next time you stop to smell the roses, or any other sweet-smelling flower for that matter, keep in mind that the fragrance isn't intended for you. Instead, the plants are trying to attract insects and birds to aid in pollination. 

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Too Many Mosquitoes In Your Yard? Attract Dragonflies

Dragonflies can eat dozens of mosquitoes a day, so attracting them to your yard might help make your time outside more enjoyable.

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Quiz: Can You Ace This River Otter Quiz?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Do You Have Bats Living Nearby? State Researchers Want To Know

If you know of bats living on your property or nearby, you can submit the information to researchers studying bats in Illinois. 

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Throwing A Party? Skip The Balloons To Help Save Wildlife

Balloons can wreak havoc on wildlife and the environment if not used and disposed of properly, so think twice before including them in your party decor. 

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What's The Difference?: Butterfly Vs. Moth

Is that a moth or a butterfly? Learn the clues to help you tell the difference. 

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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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