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Frankfort Man’s Cannibalfly Close-Up Wins August Portion of Photo Contest

The red-footed cannibalfly photo was taken at Hickory Creek Preserve and is the fourth finalist in the eight-month-long contest.

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ComEd, Openlands Grant will Improve Dragonfly Habitat

The grant will be used to enhance habitat for the federally-endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly and other pollinators at Prairie Bluff and Lockport Prairie preserves.

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What You Need to Know About Close Encounters with Coyotes

Stand tall, make some noise and give the carnivore wide berth as you appreciate its beauty.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Kenny's Extra Eyes and Ears for the District

Emily Kenny’s time spent volunteering with the Forest Preserve District has included so many different tasks that she’s become a familiar face to many employees, fellow volunteers and visitors over the past 18 years.

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Get Up Close and Personal with Vernon Kleen, Illinois' Master Hummingbird Bander

Vernon Kleen's lifelong passion helps engage other people in the often fascinating world of birds through his work as a bird bander at hummingbird festivals throughout the state.

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Veterans Woods Reopens Following Improvement Project

Picnic permitting has resumed at Veterans Woods now that the improvements have been completed.

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Aquatic Restoration Project Takes Root at Two Preserves

This multimillion-dollar, 700-acre restoration project at Prarie Bluff Preserve and Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Forest Preserve District.

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Romeoville Man's Heron Photo Wins July Portion of Photo Contest

The bird with a funky Elvis-like hairdo was photographed resting on a branch at McKinley Woods by Romeoville resident Mark Hanna.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Joel Craig and His 'Happy Place' at Lake Renwick

His start as a volunteer with the Forest Preserve comes with an interesting backstory involving an alligator.

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Forest Preserve's Digital Marketing Efforts Earn National Award

The award recognizes the Forest Preserve's enhanced social media and website offerings, which have drastically increased public engagement.

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Colorful Mural Installed at Isle a la Cache Chapeau Shop

The artwork depicts life during the 18th-century French fur trade era and the popularity of beaver felt top hats.

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For Joan Fasanella, Volunteering Sparked New Career Path

Ultimately, she hopes her work as a volunteer will help inspire others, including younger generations, to get involved with the Forest Preserve District.

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Mink with an itch wins June's portion of photo contest

Lemont resident Mike Daley's photo of the elusive mammal is now a finalist for overall prizes, which will be determined after the Preserve the Moment photo contest ends in December.

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Waste-free lunch program reduces field trip garbage

Students who attend field trips at Plum Creek Nature Center are taught how to minimize their lunch garbage by recycling, reusing and composting.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mike O’Brien and the 'Big-Picture Mentality'

Adding volunteering to Mike O'Brien's list of outdoor activities seemed like a good way to both spend time outdoors and give back to nature.

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Four Rivers’ Wedding Open House

Attend an open house to view the facility, collect information, ask questions of staff and get ideas for planning an eco-friendly celebration.

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Busy Beavers Craft Club

Each day we will have a different craft set up in the museum for you to make and take home.

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The Buzz

Nightmare Scenario: One Snake, 511 Ticks


Nature isn't always pretty.

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Creature Feature: The Cunning and Clever Red Fox


These sly creatures are skilled hunters and adaptable to many habitats and environments, including rural, suburban and urban areas.

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