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Bridge Photo Carries New Lenox Man to Photo Contest Win

Paul Wenger is the third monthly winner so far this year, with five more months to go before all eight finalists compete for top Preserve the Moment contest honors in January 2021.

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Use Caution as Repair Work Takes Place on I&M Canal and Wauponsee Glacial Trails

Path users should slow down or avoid the areas where "road mix" rock has been placed on the trails to repair low spots prior to limestone screenings being added. 

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Stellato Family’s ‘Happy Place’: Loving Nature and Removing Litter at Hammel Woods

Vince Stellato is teaching his two sons to appreciate and absorb nature and to pick up litter on their frequent jaunts to Hammel Woods. 

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Earth Day Anniversary Celebration Continues through September 15

Check out the online list of programs and activities, record your Earth-friendly activities and be entered for a chance to win prizes. 

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'The Buzz' Nature Show Takes Flight Online and on Local TV

Interpretive naturalist Suzy Lyttle took viewers on a nature exploration during the July 29 debut of "The Buzz," a new Forest Preserve show that will air monthly on Facebook, YouTube and local cable access stations. 

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Larger Lakeside Shelter Opens at Whalon Lake

A new picnic shelter adjacent to the 80-acre Whalon Lake in Bolingbrook can host larger celebrations and gatherings at the popular preserve. 

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Cute Canine Models Needed for 2021 Fundraising Calendar

The Forest Preserve is looking for a new pack of dogs to be featured in a 2021 dog park calendar, with proceeds benefiting the Will County Humane Society.

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‘Don’t Be A Jerk’ Marketing Campaign Wins National Award

The 2019 marketing campaign highlighted bad behavior in the preserves and how it can ruin other people's nature outings and harm wildlife. 

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Here We Go Again: Another Bird Killed by Fishing Line in the Preserves

It's becoming an all too common occurrence that shouldn't happen at all in the preserves or elsewhere, seeing dead birds hanging from trees after getting tangled up in fishing line.

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Summer Paddling Program Launches with New Format

Paddling program participants will be required to bring their own boats, personal flotation devices and paddles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Retired Carpenter Nails Perfect Shot for June Photo Contest Win

Jon Flodstrom of Frankfort said he timed it just right to get within a foot of a widow skimmer perched near a Hickory Creek Preserve pond to snap the winning photo. 

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Scavenger Hunt Fun Added to 'Found Objects Art Trail'

Grab a flyer and search for the individual items that make up seven sculptures along Snapper Pond Trail in Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. 

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Peak Summer Days May Bring Problem Plants

Three plants in particular that are commonly found in Illinois can cause rashes, welts or blisters.

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Goose Hooked With Fishing Line Gets Second Chance

Fishing line can be a death trap for wildlife and it's something we've seen play out over and over again in the preserves, but after some intervention Monday morning at Monee Reservoir, we're hopeful we've given one bird a chance at a full recovery.

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COVID-19 Update: Latrines, Visitor Centers Now Open

During the Forest Preserve's phase four reopening plan, latrines and water fountains are available, visitor centers are open with capacity limits, and picnic and camping permits can be booked online or in person. 

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Events

Mysteries of the Bat Revealed!

Be brave and bask in the brilliance of bats! 

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Early Morning Bird Hike

Beat the heat and join this early-morning guided hike to discover the birds that call Monee Reservoir home for the summer.

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The Buzz

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

8/4/2020

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?

8/3/2020

Find out on this 10-question quiz.

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