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Things We Love: Those Precious Possums

Opossums deserve our love and respect because they provide many benefits, and they're pretty cute too. 

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Hey Anglers, Don't Dump Your Unused Bait. It Can Ruin Our Waterways

Dumping unused bait in the water seems like an innocent way to end a fishing trip, but it is detrimental to the health of our waterways.

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Creature Feature: The Clever Green Heron

The green heron isn't as well known or as frequently seen as the great blue heron, but these birds are interesting in their own right.

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Amazing Find: Extremely Rare Glass Lizard Caught On Camera In Will County

Every now and then, you can get very lucky when out in the preserves and spot something truly amazing. 

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Things We Love: Those Teeny, Tiny Microarthropods

Tiny but mighty microarthropods are tiny bugs that do a lot of good despite their small size. 

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What's The Difference?: Ducks vs. Geese

Most people can identify a mallard duck and a Canada goose, but do you know the difference between ducks and geese?

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Clever Or Cruel? Brown-Headed Cowbirds Make Other Birds Do All The Work Of Raising Their Young

Brown-headed cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds' nests, outsourcing incubation and newborn care entirely to other birds. This may not win them any mother-of-the-year awards, but it is the only way they know.

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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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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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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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