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Summers Elected Forest Preserve Board President

During a reorganization meeting on Monday, December 10, the Board elected new officers and new committee chairs and vice chairs.

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Do Not Disturb: Eagle Watching Tips and Guidelines

As smaller bodies of water begin to freeze, the open waters of larger rivers attract eagles wintering in the Midwest. But take care to not disturb the birds as you attempt to watch or photograph these amazing creatures.

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Volunteering Leads to New Passion for Carrie Rock

Carrie Rock's interest in Native American culture first drew her to volunteering with the Forest Preserve District more than two decades ago.

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Buy ‘Green’ Gifts – And Edible Bugs – at Plum Creek Nature Center

The newly revamped gift shop now features items from environmentally friendly and fair trade companies.

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Counting the Days to the Audubon’s Annual Christmas Bird Count

Volunteers are being sought for local bird counts on December 15 and 29, and bird-watchers of all experience levels can sign up in advance to participate.

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Preserve Visitors Reminded to Use Caution During Winter Weather

The beauty of the winter season also brings along its necessary cautions.

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Army Corps, State Contribute $591,000 for Restoration Efforts

The infusion of funds will accelerate efforts to return forest preserve acreage to its natural state.

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Winter Weather May Impact Preserve Openings

For the public’s safety, some preserves may remain closed immediately after a snow event as District staff work to plow the roadways to make travel less hazardous.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Rita Renwick Teaches Others About Her Passion for Nature

Rita Renwick has a last name that’s familiar to many in the Plainfield area. The long-time volunteer even worked as part of the group to preserve the Lake Renwick area and its rookery, but she isn’t related to the family that once owned the property that is now the preserve.

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Woodchuck Mascot Branches Out with New Website

Kids of all ages can discover more about nature and the world around them by visiting willyswilderness.org.

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Forest Preserve District Unveils 2019 Lineup of Special Events

The year kicks off with 'Snow Day Fest' and a Frida Kahlo exhibit in January.

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Forest Preserve Board Approves 2019 Budget

The balanced budget features money for maintenance and improvements and a lower tax rate.

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Plum Valley Preserve Access Area and Dog Park is Now Open

The access area also features a picnic pavilion that can accommodate up to 50 people.

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Therapy Dog Permit Fund Established with Sheet Metal Workers' Donation

Free dog park permits will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to therapy dogs that are affiliated with Will County not-for-profit organizations.

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Go Wild for Wildlife with Our New Twitter Account

There can be a lot of noise and stressful things on social media these days, but we think we have the perfect antidote for it all: Calm, relaxing and cute wildlife photos.

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Events

Frida Kahlo's Garden: Botany & Art in Conservation

Discover why illustrations are best for representing specific details and how they help students of botany learn plant structures.

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Saturday in the Garden: JJC Student Group Latinos Unidos

During this program, participate in some hands-on Frida Kahlo inspired arts and crafts with Latinos Unidos.

 

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The Buzz

Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

2/19/2019

Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

2/19/2019

The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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