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Soar to New Birding Heights This Winter with Bird Education Initiative

Visit one of four Forest Preserve birding stations to watch local birds congregate and view interpretive signs and QR codes that will educate you and enhance your birding skills. And don't forget to look for the roving naturalists who will give you additional bird feeding and watching tips and tricks.

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VanDuyne Elected Forest Preserve Board President

VanDuyne succeeds Kenneth Harris, who chose not to seek re-election to the post. Also elected were: Rachel Ventura, vice president; Mica Freeman, secretary; and Tyler Marcum, treasurer.

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Where the People are: Roving Naturalists Enhance Preserve Outings

The Forest Preserve launched a roving interpretive naturalist program earlier this year as a way to enhance preserve visitor experiences during COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. 

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Get Outside This Winter to Stay Healthy and Reduce Stress

The Forest Preserve District's 127 miles of trails, six dog parks, sled hills, campgrounds and outdoor and online programs will keep you moving all season long. So, head outside to soak in some vitamin D, drop a few pounds and absorb the beauty of nature. 

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Rare Bird Alert: Western Tanager Lands In Channahon

Rare birds dropping into Will County sure are causing a frenzy among birders, with the latest unusual sighting coming in the form of a western tanager in Channahon.

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Mike Nagrocki's 'Happy Place': A Backyard Escape Teeming with Wildlife

In the five years he has lived across from the Hastert-Bechstein preserve, Nagrocki has been transformed into a wildlife photographer and a bird and wildlife watcher, something he says has helped him to escape everyday life and to appreciate and learn about nature to a higher degree.

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Unusual December Bird Sighting: Baltimore Oriole at Rock Run Rookery

It's the time of year when birders expect to see woodpeckers, blue jays and bald eagles, to name just a few, but bird watchers are finding all sorts of surprises of late. The most recent one is a Baltimore oriole spotted at Rock Run Rookery Preserve on Friday. 

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Winning Opossum Pic Brings Joy to ER Tech During Pandemic

Teresa Wisnieski of Joliet, who works at Edward Hospital in Naperville, snapped the winning shot of a baby opossum nestled in the woods at Lower Rock Run Preserve in Joliet. She will vie for overall honors with seven other monthly Preserve the Moment contest winners after the contest concludes on December 31.

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Once-In-A-Lifetime Sighting: Great Kiskadee Lands in Channahon

The past few months have been something special for rare bird sightings in Will County, but the most recent one is a once-in-a-lifetime encounter in the form of a great kiskadee.

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Nature Show - 'The Buzz' - Features Feathered and Furry Creatures

Owls, sandhill cranes, and bones and furs will be highlighted during November's episode of 'The Buzz,' which airs at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, on Facebook.

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Foundation's Donation Will Fund Forest Preserve Projects, Programs

A donation of $48,610 from The Nature Foundation of Will County will pay for a Goodenow Grove Campground welcome station, complete with a solar charging station, and for wetland restoration also at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. 

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Rare Bird Alert: Eurasian Wigeon Spotted Near Four Rivers

Bird migration season can yield some unlikely sightings and birders are flocking to the area around Four Rivers Environmental Education Center after a Eurasian wigeon was spotted in the area over the weekend.

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Four Rivers Environmental Education Center Awarded $750,000 State Museum Grant

The money will be combined with existing Forest Preserve funds to continue the process of converting the Channahon visitor center into a state-of-the-art public facility with expanded indoor and outdoor nature education opportunities and programs.

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Forest Preserve Board Approves 2021 Budget

The Forest Preserve's 2021 budget includes funding for numerous improvement projects throughout the District as well as for land acquisition. The overall property tax rate will decrease by 1.57 percent. 

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Craig and Ferry Named Volunteers of the Year

The two longtime volunteers were honored for their service in 2019. The awards were delayed due to COVID-19 and were eventually given out virtually by the Forest Preserve District.

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Events

Happy Mornings Yoga and Hike

Start the day off right with some self care, beautiful nature and quiet reflection. 

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Be a Birder Challenge (Canceled)

Challenge yourself on a self-guided hike to see how many bird species you can find. 

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The Buzz

Is Glitter Effecting Our Waterways? Yes, According to a Study

1/15/2021

Adding a little sparkle to your life may have negative effects on our waterways when that sparkle comes in the form of glitter.

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Myth Buster: No Two Snowflakes Are Alike? Very Likely, But It's Hard To Prove

1/12/2021

Every snowflake is unique, or at least as best as we can figure out. It's probably true that no two snowflakes are alike, but the sheer number of snowflakes makes it virtually impossible to determine with certainty.

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