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Native plant seminars and sale coming in April and May

The Nature Foundation of Will County has scheduled three seminars and a two-day plant sale to help gardeners learn how to incorporate native species into their landscape to benefit wildlife.

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Asian carp demonstration shows how state is taking 'the fight to the fish'

Local, state and federal officials gathered at the Forest Preserve District's Rock Run Rookery Preserve to see how commercial fishermen are using nets to catch the invasive species.

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Asian carp harvesting exhibition scheduled for Monday at Rock Run Rookery

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Bill Foster will attend the exhibition, which kicks off four days of Asian carp harvesting and sampling in the area.

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Rescued Pelican's Injuries Too Serious to Recover

The bird was injured when it became tangled in discarded fishing line at McKinley Woods.

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Bird the Preserves During ‘Big Day’ Bird-Watching Challenge

Record your 24-hour bird findings for a chance to win a pair of high-quality binoculars.

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Lake Renwick bird viewing programs take flight in April

The heron rookery is a fascinating site that hosts a wide variety of birds.

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'A Salamander Tale' draws all ages to Plum Creek

The educational exhibit, which runs through May 31, is designed to provide a fun approach to learning about salamanders.

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Forest Preserve Hosts Butterfly Monitor Training at Sugar Creek

Training is required for those who want to participate in Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network activities this summer.

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Save the Date for National Parks Quilt Exhibit

Starting in June, the Forest Preserve District will be the first in Illinois to host all 177 quilts that make up this centennial celebration of the National Parks Service.

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Volunteer for a Spring Workday

The Forest Preserve District's network of volunteers will be pitching in this spring to improve the preserves.

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Forest Preserve Police Urge Visitors to Take Precautions to Prevent Vehicle Break-Ins

Lock your car and hide valuables – or leave them at home – before you arrive at a parking lot to ward off this crime.

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Join Our Will County Wildlife Facebook Group

This new Facebook Group is aimed at making it easier for the public to share photos and videos of the amazing wildlife they come across in the preserves. 

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Normantown Road Finding New Life as Hiking, Biking Trail

The Forest Preserve Board will vote March 8 on an engineering contract that paves the way for another section of the Normantown Trail to be developed.

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Preserve Police Pull Opossum Out of Predicament

A curious opossum that got its head stuck in a post opening at the Hammel Woods Dog Park was rescued Valentine's Day by Forest Preserve police Officer Mike Reilly.

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Partners honored for Volunteer Efforts

Xylem Inc. and the University of St. Francis receive 2017 Appreciation of Partners awards.

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Events

Volunteer Workday: Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

Contribute to your community, support your local environment, meet fellow nature-lovers, and get some fresh air and exercise.

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

Follow the forest’s seasonal changes and enjoy light exercise.

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The Buzz

Squirrel 'Came in Like a Wrecking Ball,' Immediately Regretted It

5/19/2018

There's no shortage of videos featuring these furry little critters taking a spin on squirrel-proof feeders, but this one is particularly entertaining.

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Homer Glen Man Checks Pool, Finds 'Thousands' of Tadpoles

5/16/2018

We get our fair share of calls about wildlife, but right out of the gate it was clear this wasn't going to be the standard call.

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