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'Buzz' Nature Show Starts Season Two With Joliet Jewels

The show's premier epioside for 2021 features the history of Joliet Iron Works Historic Site and the eagles of Rock Run Rookery. The episode will air on Facebook at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 27.

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Baby Blanding's Turtles Doing Well on Road to Release

This is the third batch of Blanding's turtle hatchlings the Forest Preserve District has received as part of a regional recovery program for the state-endangered species. They will be released into the wild in late summer or fall of 2021. 

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Sunrise Photo Shines Above all the Rest to Win 2020 Photo Contest

Channahon resident Kevin Kuchler's photo, which was snapped at Lake Renwick Preserve on an icy winter morning, was deemed the best of the best during online voting via the Forest Preserve District's Facebook page.

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New Bird-Friendly Glass Installed at Plum Creek Nature Center

The new glass features web-like fibers that will help prevent collisions at the nature center's bird viewing area. The new glass was included as part of a window replacement project. 

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Give Eagles A Wide Berth When Out in the Preserves

If you go eagle watching this year, remember to give these amazing creatures a wide berth so you do not disturb their turf.

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Mysterious, Night-Dwelling Owls May Just Be The Coolest Birds Around

The Forest Preserve's Bob Bryerton tells us why owls are such fascinating creatures and why we just can't learn enough about these stealthy, winged beasts. 

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2021 Permits Now On Sale

2021 picnicking and camping permits will be available online or in person at the Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. Other Forest Preserve visitor centers remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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December 'Buzz' Show Features Nesting Islands, Baby Turtles and Bird Feeding Tips

Take a virtual kayak trip to the islands of Lake Renwick Preserve, see state-endangered Blanding's turtles up close, and get some winter bird feeding tips during the December episode of the program, which will air live on Facebook at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 30.

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Soar to New Birding Heights This Winter with Bird Education Initiative

Visit one of the Forest Preserve's 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. 

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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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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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Events

Earth Day Bird Hike

Celebrate Earth Day with an evening bird hike at Isle a la Cache preserve. 

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Earth Day Hike

Celebrate Earth on a fun and invigorating hike, then settle in and enjoy the sunset.

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The Buzz

Migration Watch: Baltimore Orioles Have Arrived in Northern Illinois

4/22/2021

Here's another colorful sign of spring that may be popping up in your yard.

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In Spring, Vernal Pools Are Teeming With Life

4/21/2021

Vernal pools are temporary waterways that are teeming with life in spring, but our way of life threatens their existence. 

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