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2021 Dog Park Calendar Proceeds Donated to Humane Society

Humane society kennel manager Malorie Ernst picked up the donation at the March 11 Forest Preserve Board meeting with an adoptable dog, Rocco, in tow. Calendar sales raised almost $6,000 for the shelter, which receives no government funding and relies on donations alone.

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Forest Preserve Receives Financial Reporting Excellence Award for 25th Consecutive Year

The Certificate of Achievement received by the District for its comprehensive annual financial report is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

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State Transfers Thorn Creek Woods Acreage to Forest Preserve

The transfer of 466 acres in February gives the Forest Preserve ownership of around 780 acres of the 1,000-acre preserve located in eastern Will County.

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Monee Reservoir Visitor Center Now Open for the Season

Bait, snacks and fishing licenses will be available for purchase when the Monee Reservoir Visitor Center and concessions stand reopen to the public. Boat rentals start in April and kayak and canoe rentals in May.

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Quilts, Food Trucks and Zombies, the 2021 Event Lineup has it All

The event schedule offers a wide range of activities that are sprinkled throughout the year to inspire patrons to revisit sites they already love and to motivate others to discover a new place to enjoy the outdoors. Art, food, nature and fitness are all on tap as we get underway for some fun in '21.

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Closes for Nesting Season

The site is 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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Use Common Sense When Encountering Coyotes During Mating Season

Coyote mating season is underway and pupping season is near, so it's important to take steps to prevent potential conflicts.

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Bolingbrook Company and Manhattan Scout receive 2020 Appreciation of Partners Awards

Crane Nuclear was selected for volunteer work accomplished by its employees along the DuPage River in Naperville. And Eagle Scout candidate Jaden Fehrenbacher was chosen for organizing a team to repair a trailside shelter at Hammel Woods in Shorewood. 

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Plastic Water Bottles Replaced with Eco-friendly Boxed Water at Monee Reservoir

When the Monee Reservoir Visitor Center reopens for the season on March 2, plastic water bottles will no longer be an option and only boxed water will be sold. The switch to boxed water is part of the Forest Preserve's push to become more sustainable.

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Program Capacity Expands due to County's Shift to Phase 4 COVID-19 Status

Region 7, which includes Will County, moved to a Phase 4 Restore Illinois pandemic plan on Monday, February 1. As a result, Forest Preserve indoor program capacity and Four Rivers Environmental Education Center rentals have expanded to a maximum of 50 people. 

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State Grant Awarded for Restoration of Preserves Created by Glaciers

The state grant will be used to enhance three southern Will County preserves that are home to 20 species considered endangered or threatened in Illinois and 43 species of greatest conservation need.

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Recent Land Acquisitions Push District Past 22,500 Acres

A 40-acre Homer Township purchase will expand Hadley Valley Preserve and provide a missing link for a Spring Creek Greenway Trail extension, and a 40-acre Washington Township donation will begin the establishment of a new eastern Will County preserve.

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Winter Is Prime Time for Seeding for Upcoming Season

Incongruous as it seems, winter is prime time for seed spreading across the Forest Preserve District.

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'Buzz' Nature Show Starts Season Two With Joliet Jewels

The show's premier epioside for 2021 features the history of Joliet Iron Works Historic Site and the eagles of Rock Run Rookery. The episode will air on Facebook at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 27.

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Baby Blanding's Turtles Doing Well on Road to Release

This is the third batch of Blanding's turtle hatchlings the Forest Preserve District has received as part of a regional recovery program for the state-endangered species. They will be released into the wild in late summer or fall of 2021. 

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Wild About Woodpeckers! (Zoom webinar)

Learn about the woodpeckers of Will County, from the downy woodpecker to the pileated woodpecker.

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Woodland Wildflowers Live

The preserves are popping with spring colors, and we'll take you along for a virtual tour.

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The Buzz

Nature Curiosity: Is It OK To Leave Nesting Material Out For Birds?


Birds will build their nests out of just about anything they can find, but is it OK to leave materials out for them to use?

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Migration Watch: Hummingbirds Have Landed in Will County


Thanks to Journey North — a project run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum — we've been able to chart the hummingbirds' progress as they head north.

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