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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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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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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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Fishing Line Killed This Robin at Monee Reservoir; It Shouldn't Have

It's a scene that plays out too often in the preserves and it's important to raise awareness of how deadly trash being left behind can be to wildlife.

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Isle a la Cache Improvements Underway 

Isle a la Cache preserve, a site steeped in history, will be getting some modern upgrades in the coming months to improve visitor experiences. 

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Earin Land’s 'Happy Place': Melting Away the Pounds and the Past on the Wauponsee

The latest installment of the Forest Preserve District's "Happy Place" series features a retired Will County Sheriff's Police sergeant who made riding a bike on the Wauponsee Glacial Trail a key part of his retirement plan. 

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Turtle Hit by Car in Morris Lives on Through Hatchlings

While the mother turtle did not survive, three of her eggs did and one hatchling, named M3, is being cared for by the Forest Preserve District of Will County as part of a regional Blanding's turtle recovery program. 

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Forest Preserve Serves as Forensic Entomology Classroom for Law Enforcement

The two-day workshop provided area law enforcement with instructions on using insects in death investigations.

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Debi Shapiro’s ‘Happy Place’ – making memories with her mom at Rock Run Rookery Preserve

The preserve was one of Shapiro's favorite places to take her ill mother so she could get out of the house and enjoy nature. 

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Takes to the Water

While jerks out in the preserves can cause a number of problems for normal, everyday visitors, jerks on the water can be even more problematic.

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Takes Aim at Troublesome Trail Users

One thing is certain: Nobody likes a jerk in the preserves participating in a number of offensive behaviors. 

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For Barb Ferry, Raising Monarchs Is More Than a Hobby

Barb Ferry has been raising monarch butterflies at home and releasing them into the wild, with the ultimate goals of helping sustain their population and educating the public of their importance.

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Avoid dehydration and heat illnesses with these tips

Drink plenty of fluids, before and during outdoor activity, or postpone activities and stay inside. 

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Rolls On, Gets A Bit Trashy

One thing is certain: Nobody likes a jerk in the preserves, and that's confirmed by the response we've seen to "Don't Be A Jerk," the Forest Preserve District's big, bold multimedia campaign. 

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Events

Wild About Woodpeckers! (Zoom webinar)

Learn about the woodpeckers of Will County, from the downy woodpecker to the pileated woodpecker.

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Woodland Wildflowers Live

The preserves are popping with spring colors, and we'll take you along for a virtual tour.

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The Buzz

Nature Curiosity: Is It OK To Leave Nesting Material Out For Birds?

4/16/2021

Birds will build their nests out of just about anything they can find, but is it OK to leave materials out for them to use?

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Migration Watch: Hummingbirds Have Landed in Will County

4/15/2021

Thanks to Journey North — a project run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum — we've been able to chart the hummingbirds' progress as they head north.

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