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Rare Bird Alert: Eurasian Wigeon Spotted Near Four Rivers

Bird migration season can yield some unlikely sightings and birders are flocking to the area around Four Rivers Environmental Education Center after a Eurasian wigeon was spotted in the area over the weekend.

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Forest Preserve Board Approves 2021 Budget

The Forest Preserve's 2021 budget includes funding for numerous improvement projects throughout the District as well as for land acquisition. The overall property tax rate will decrease by 1.57 percent. 

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Virtual Field Trip Program a Hit with Educators

More than 90 online field trip programs have been scheduled or have already taken place as educators seek to keep their students engaged in environmental education during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Pollinator Hotels Abuzz with Guests Thanks to Eagle Scout Candidate

Three hotels built by 14-year-old Luke Lunde of Manhattan and his Scouting crew at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville are attracting solitary bees that nest in cavities and are important pollinators. 

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Forest Preserve Police Reunite Lost Tortoise With Owners

The tortoise, which is not native to Illinois, was found at Hammel Woods around 4 miles from its home, so police believe it was dumped there by someone who found it wandering around its neighborhood after it escaped from its owners' backyard. Dumping animals of any kind in a preserve is against the law because it is harmful to the creatures and the environment. 

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Rare Bird Alert: Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Lands at Whalon Lake

Yellow-crowned night herons are a rare sight here, as they generally don't come this far north in Illinois and their breeding grounds are largely along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

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New Upcycled Fishing Line Containers Will Help Protect Wildlife

The free "grab-and-go" containers can be used by anglers to properly store unwanted fishing line, which will keep the line out of the preserves where it could injure or kill wildlife. The containers will be available at three visitor centers.

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Strike a Pose: Praying Mantis Close-Up Captures Photo Contest Win

Naperville resident Bertrand Leclercq is the fourth monthly winner in the contest, which continues through December 31. Overall contest winners will be chosen from among eight monthly finalists in January 2021.

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Forest Preserve Formalizes Ban on Feeding Wildlife

While feeding critters in the preserves has always been discouraged because it is harmful to the animals, it is now an ordinance violation to do so and violators will be ticketed. 

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Uncommon Sighting: American Avocets Make Pit Stop at Whalon Lake

A pair of American avocets were spotted Sunday morning at Whalon Lake, which is anything but a common sight in Will County.

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District Launches Virtual Learning Programs to Meet Students' Needs

The District has created a new slate of virtual learning programs as well as a new "Ask a Naturalist" option; both interactive offerings will be provided live.

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Reopens For General Use

Fledgling birds born at the rookery have aged enough to be able to fend for themselves, so the preserve access is now open for birdwatching and hiking.

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Don't Be a Jerk: Announcing 'On Your Left' As You Pass Slower Trail Traffic Is The Right Thing To Do

With more and more bicyclists taking to the trails during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's imperative that everyone learn proper trail etiquette; announce your intent to pass, pass on the left and stay to the right when not passing. 

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Stellato Family’s ‘Happy Place’: Loving Nature and Removing Litter at Hammel Woods

Vince Stellato is teaching his two sons to appreciate and absorb nature and to pick up litter on their frequent jaunts to Hammel Woods. 

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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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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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