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'The Buzz' Nature Show Takes Flight Online and on Local TV

Interpretive naturalist Suzy Lyttle took viewers on a nature exploration during the July 29 debut of "The Buzz," a new Forest Preserve show that will air monthly on Facebook, YouTube and local cable access stations. 

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Larger Lakeside Shelter Opens at Whalon Lake

A new picnic shelter adjacent to the 80-acre Whalon Lake in Bolingbrook can host larger celebrations and gatherings at the popular preserve. 

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‘Don’t Be A Jerk’ Marketing Campaign Wins National Award

The 2019 marketing campaign highlighted bad behavior in the preserves and how it can ruin other people's nature outings and harm wildlife. 

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Here We Go Again: Another Bird Killed by Fishing Line in the Preserves

It's becoming an all too common occurrence that shouldn't happen at all in the preserves or elsewhere, seeing dead birds hanging from trees after getting tangled up in fishing line.

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Retired Carpenter Nails Perfect Shot for June Photo Contest Win

Jon Flodstrom of Frankfort said he timed it just right to get within a foot of a widow skimmer perched near a Hickory Creek Preserve pond to snap the winning photo. 

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Scavenger Hunt Fun Added to 'Found Objects Art Trail'

Grab a flyer and search for the individual items that make up seven sculptures along Snapper Pond Trail in Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. 

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Goose Hooked With Fishing Line Gets Second Chance

Fishing line can be a death trap for wildlife and it's something we've seen play out over and over again in the preserves, but after some intervention Monday morning at Monee Reservoir, we're hopeful we've given one bird a chance at a full recovery.

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Extremely Rare Sighting: Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks Land at Monee Reservoir

Based on eBird data, it is the first-ever reported sighting of a black-bellied whistling duck in Will County, although there have been occasional sightings in other parts of the Chicagoland area. 

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Board Approves Moeller Woods Expansion in Crete Township

The 200-acre acquisition will protect a tributary of Plum Creek and help the District close the gap between Moeller Woods and Plum Valley Preserve.

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Nature Photography Saved Her from Brush with Blindness

Amy Miller of Joliet knew something was wrong when she attempted to take photos at Rock Run Preserve – Black Road Access in mid-May and she couldn't focus her right eye. The outing led to medical intervention and a lesson for us all. 

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Forest Preserve Dog Parks Now Open

Changing recommendations from the CDC and state modifications to its COVID-19 response paved the way for the dog parks to reopen; however, the Forest Preserve urges dog park patrons to follow all public safety advice to protect their health and the health of others.

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Coronavirus-Related Compensation Approved for Dog Park Permit Holders

A dog park permit discount of 25 percent will be applied to the purchase of 2021 passes when they go on sale in November. 

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Frog on a Log Leaps over May's Photo Competition

The 2020 Preserve the Moment contest kicked off with more than 100 stunning photo entries taken in Will County forest preserves; seven more monthly winners will be chosen until the contest concludes December 31.

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Create Your Own Pollinator-friendly Garden with ‘Plant by Numbers’ Templates

View the pollinator garden and landscaping at Isle a la Cache in Romeoville for inspiration and then use templates from the 'Paint by Numbers' website to create a natural landscape tailored to your yard's soil and sun conditions.

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Come See Trash Turned Into Art with ‘Found Objects Sculpture Trail’

Seven sculptures created by artist Jennifer Meyer out of discarded items will be on display through March 31, 2021, along Snapper Pond Trail in Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. 

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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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