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Rescued Pelican Released Into the Wild at McKinley Woods

The Will County preserve was the perfect spot for the Willowbrook Wildlife Center's release because a flock of pelicans was resting there on its migratory journey south. 

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Joliet Resident's Fiery Sunset Wins September Portion of Photo Contest

September's winning photo also features ominous clouds and silhouettes of the artificial nesting structures at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve in Plainfield. 

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Forest Preserve Serves as Forensic Entomology Classroom for Law Enforcement

The two-day workshop provided area law enforcement with instructions on using insects in death investigations.

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Debi Shapiro’s ‘Happy Place’ – making memories with her mom at Rock Run Rookery Preserve

The preserve was one of Shapiro's favorite places to take her ill mother so she could get out of the house and enjoy nature. 

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Rock Run Rookery ‘Hot Spot’ Serves as Demonstration Site for Asian Carp Harvest

More than 50 members of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus took a bus ride from their annual meeting in Chicago to Rock Run Rookery Preserve in Joliet to learn more about the fight to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. 

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Takes to the Water

While jerks out in the preserves can cause a number of problems for normal, everyday visitors, jerks on the water can be even more problematic.

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Romeoville Man's Snail Snapshot Wins August's Portion of Photo Contest

Mark Hanna moved the snail to safety off of a bike path before he snapped the winning photo. 

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Carter Wright Draws on Interests in Photography, Wildlife for His Volunteer Role

Carter Wright's interests in photography and wildlife are the perfect complement to his work as a volunteer interpreter at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve.

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Youth Group Camping Now Offers Flexible Programming at Multiple Sites

Programs led by interpretive naturalists can be delivered at four of the Forest Preserve's campgrounds. 

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Plum Creek Greenway Trail Addition Opens in Crete Township

The 1-mile trail section extends south from Plum Valley Preserve – Burville Road Access, which includes a dog park and a picnic pavilion. 

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Takes Aim at Troublesome Trail Users

One thing is certain: Nobody likes a jerk in the preserves participating in a number of offensive behaviors. 

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Reopens August 16 for General Use

Now that most of the birds born at the site have left their nests, they are less likely to be disturbed by human visitors. 

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For Barb Ferry, Raising Monarchs Is More Than a Hobby

Barb Ferry has been raising monarch butterflies at home and releasing them into the wild, with the ultimate goals of helping sustain their population and educating the public of their importance.

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Milkweed Beetle Bests Competition in July Photo Contest

The photo was taken by Greg Johnson of Bolingbrook at Whalon Lake. 

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Avoid dehydration and heat illnesses with these tips

Drink plenty of fluids, before and during outdoor activity, or postpone activities and stay inside. 

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Events

Owl Hike for Families

Learn a little about owls and then head outdoors to try to find this magical and elusive bird.

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Lichens and Mosses

Come enjoy a winter morning learning about hardy lichens and mosses. 

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The Buzz

Quiz: What's Your Gray Squirrel IQ?

1/23/2020

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Woolly Bear Caterpillars Freeze to Death?

1/17/2020

Woolly bear caterpillars can't predict how bad winter will be, but they do have a pretty cool way to survive even the coldest of temperatures.

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