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Correction: Rock Run Greenway Trail Access Areas to Open Late Wednesday

Two Rock Run Preserve access areas will open late for pavement striping work on Wednesday, September 23, Paul V. Nichols and Black Road Access; the Rock Run Rookery will open at its normal time, contrary to an earlier post.

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Pollinator Hotels Abuzz with Guests Thanks to Eagle Scout Candidate

Three hotels built by 14-year-old Luke Lunde of Manhattan and his Scouting crew at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville are attracting solitary bees that nest in cavities and are important pollinators. 

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Lake Chaminwood Trail Section to Close for Repairs

Trail work is expected to last four days and is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 22. 

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Whalon Lake Open During Royce Road Closure

The City of Naperville is cutting shrubbery away from the sides of Royce Road, but those who want to visit Whalon Lake may still do so by following detour signs and turning south on Lisson Road to get to the preserve's entrance. 

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Can You Take Some Sweet Shots? Prove It With This Month's Photo Contest

Grab that camera — or heck, take some nice landscape or detail shots with your phone — and then enter the Preserve the Moment photo contest and see if you have what it takes to become a September finalist.

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Governor Lifts Special COVID-19 Restrictions For Will County

Now that the additional restrictions have been lifted and Will County's COVID-19 positivity rate has declined, the capacity limit for picnic shelter rentals and field trip programs has returned to 50 as specified in the state's Phase Four of its Restore Illinois plan. 

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Rare Bird Alert: Snowy Egret Spotted at McKinley Woods

If you're a birder and you haven't been to McKinley Woods lately, now is the time to get out and potentially spot a rarity in the area — a snowy egret.

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Forest Preserve Police Reunite Lost Tortoise With Owners

The tortoise, which is not native to Illinois, was found at Hammel Woods around 4 miles from its home, so police believe it was dumped there by someone who found it wandering around its neighborhood after it escaped from its owners' backyard. Dumping animals of any kind in a preserve is against the law because it is harmful to the creatures and the environment. 

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Vegetation Removal Work Continues at Messenger Marsh Dog Park

Woody vegetation and invasive species are being removed to provide more open space for the dogs to run as well as to create a drier turf surface with less mud and erosion. 

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Rare Bird Alert: Juvenile Little Blue Heron Lands at McKinley Woods

If you've spent any time in the preserves, you've probably seen a great blue heron hanging out and doing its thing. But there's another heron that's made an appearance in town, giving birders a rare treat.

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Rock Run Greenway Trail Reopens on Joliet's West Side

A section of the Rock Run Greenway Trail that runs parallel to Houbolt Road has reopened now that the City of Joliet has completed work on a sewer improvement project.

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Get Moving This Fall with Guided Hikes

Sign up for hikes to see fall colors, spiders, fungi, pelicans and rare species or just walk in the woods with your pup or family members to soak up the splendor of autumn. 

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Rare Bird Alert: Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Lands at Whalon Lake

Yellow-crowned night herons are a rare sight here, as they generally don't come this far north in Illinois and their breeding grounds are largely along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

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New Upcycled Fishing Line Containers Will Help Protect Wildlife

The free "grab-and-go" containers can be used by anglers to properly store unwanted fishing line, which will keep the line out of the preserves where it could injure or kill wildlife. The containers will be available at three visitor centers.

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Strike a Pose: Praying Mantis Close-Up Captures Photo Contest Win

Naperville resident Bertrand Leclercq is the fourth monthly winner in the contest, which continues through December 31. Overall contest winners will be chosen from among eight monthly finalists in January 2021.

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Bicycle Care Workshop

Learn how to properly maintain your bicycle on your own and the simple things you can do to prolong your bike's life.

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Pedal the Prairie: Sugar Creek Preserve

Join the Forest Preserve staff as we pedal through the beautiful trails of Will County.

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The Buzz

Watch Your Step: Stink Bugs Are Making Their Way Indoors


With summer-like temperatures behind us, it's the time of year when stink bugs start making their way into our homes. Resist the urge to stomp on or squish them or you'll quickly learn how these insects got their name.

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Quiz: Are You A Monarch Master?


Test you knowledge about monarchs with this 10-question quiz.

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