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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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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: 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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Things We Love: Those Sneaky Salamanders

When it comes to salamanders, a big part of the thrill is the hunt.

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Quiz: Are You An Expert on Spring Peepers?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Brain Damage?

Woodpeckers can peck up to 12,000 times a day! So how do they do it without hurting their brains?

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


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


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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