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Myth Buster: Dogs' Mouths Aren't Really Cleaner Than Humans

Contrary to popular belief, dogs' mouths are just as dirty as humans'. 

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Quiz: Are You An Expert on Screech Owls?

Take this 10-question quiz to find out. 

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Whether Around The Block Or At A Preserve, Walking Your Dog Is A Win-Win

Taking your dog for regular walks has physical and mental health benefits for both you and your dog. If you need a change of scenery, bring your dog to one of Will County's preserves to check out some new sights — and smells.

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Quiz: What's Your Wild Turkey IQ?

Test your knowledge with these 10 questions.

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Creature Feature: The Compact Screech Owl

Screech owls aren't the large, imposing creatures most people think of when they think of owls, but these small owls still play an important role in the ecosystem.

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What's The Difference: Turtle Vs. Tortoise

Turtle or tortoise? There are some key differences between these animals, but if you saw it here in Illinois you can rest assured it was a turtle.

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Myth Buster: Woolly Bear Caterpillars Don't Really Predict Winter Weather

The bands on woolly bear caterpillars are said to be a sign about what Mother Nature has in store for us each winter, but in reality these insects can't tell us anything about the weather.

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Quiz: What's Your Wolf Spider IQ?

Test your knowledge on these arachnids with this 10-question quiz.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Is Blue So Rare in the Animal Kingdom?

Creatures come in all sizes, shapes and colors, but not all colors are represented equally. Find out why blue is so rare in the animal kingdom.

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Think Twice Before Your Drop That Apple Core on the Ground; It's Still Littering

Food scraps don't decompose as fast as you might think, so leaving your apple cores and banana peels behind is bad news for many reasons.

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Creature Feature: The Creepy, Crawly Wolf Spider

With eight long legs, eight eyes and fangs for mouthparts, wolf spiders look scarier than they are. In reality, they aren't dangerous at all, and they play an important role in the ecosystem.

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What's The Difference?: Ladybug vs. Lady Beetle

Ladybug or lady beetles? Are these creatures one and the same?

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Quiz: Test Your Spiny Softshell Turtle Knowledge

Find out on this 10-question quiz.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Beavers Hold Their Breath For So Long?

How do beavers stay under water for so long? Their bodies are specially designed for it.

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Myth Buster: Spider Silk Is As Strong As Steel? It's Not Quite So Simple

Is spider silk as strong as steel? Yes and no. 

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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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