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Things We Love: Those Human-Friendly Cellar Spiders

Cellar spiders love to live in human habitats, but they're beneficial to us to. 

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Myth Buster: Mother Birds Won't Reject Their Babies If You Touch Them

A mother won't reject her babies if you touch them, but most young birds don't need your help.

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Newly Released Images Show The Moon Like You've Never Seen It Before

Newly released images of the moon show it in more detail than we've ever seen before. 

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Quiz: What's Your Garter Snake IQ?

Test your knowledge with this 10-question quiz.

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Dog Poop vs. Wildlife Poop: Not All Animal Excrement Is Equal

When it comes to animal poop, it's not all the same. Dog poop can be harmful to the environment if left behind, but that's not true of wildlife waste. That's why it's important to always pick up after your dog, no matter where you are.

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Three Bison Calves Born at Midewin

The bison herd in Wilmington just got a little larger. And cuter.

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Things We Love: Those Layabout Woodchucks

Photographing wildlife can be an adventure, but the woodchuck is an easy subject.

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When It Comes To Our Lawns, Many of Us Are Keeping Up With the Joneses

The need to have a perfect lawn has to do with peer pressure, according to a recent study. But doing so isn't really good for the environment.

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Things We Love: Those Exquisite Common Grackles

Common grackles might seem ordinary, their name even implies it. But while these birds may be common, there is something quite special about them.

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Creature Feature: The Ubiquitous Garter Snake

The garter snake is the most common snake in the United States, living from coast to coast. But these snakes are still interesting creatures, despite being ubiquitous. 

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Things We Love: The Surprising Six-Lined Racerunner

Sometimes, the things we come to love are the things that surprise us. Learning the six-lined racerunner lives in Will County is what made interpretive naturalist Erin Ward fall in love with them.

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In Honor of Arbor Day, 5 Mind-Blowing Facts About Trees

In honor of Arbor Day, here's a look at some of the many reasons we should appreciate trees.

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Nature Curiosity: Where Does Fog Come From?

You woke up to a blanket of fog covering the neighborhood, but where did it come from? 

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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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Current Headlines

From Sap to Syrup: 'Maple Syrup Magic' Program Highlights Unique Product

2/25/2021

Get a taste of the work and science behind maple syrup making during the 'Maple Syrup Magic' program set for March 6 at Plum Creek Nature Center. Participants will learn all about the history of this unique product and how to make it as they watch the process and taste the end result.

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Closes March 1 for Nesting Season

2/23/2021

The site will be closed to general access from March 1-August 15 to protect nesting birds. Visitors will be allowed only during bird-watching programs. The other two access areas for the preserve – Turtle Lake and Copley Nature Park – remain open from 8 a.m.-sunset year-round.

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