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Sounds of Summer: 17-Year Cicadas Emerging, Making Presence Known

After spending 17 years underground, cicadas are emerging across Will County, and they're making their presence known with their familiar buzzing sound. 

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge On Green Herons

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Breeding Like Rabbits? What Does That Mean Anyway?

Rabbits are well-known for their ability to reproduce, but what makes them more prolific than other animals?

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Eyes To The Skies For Mercury's Elongation East of the Sun

The evening of June 4 provides an opportunity to view Mercury just after the sun sets.

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Skip The Sunbathing This Summer And Give Forest Bathing A Try Instead

Instead of sunbathing this summer, give forest bathing a try. All you need is a little free time and access to a forested or tree-covered spot. 

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Myth Buster: Snakes Are Not Slimy

Another myth busted: Snakes are not slimy at all. 

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Worms Come To The Surface When It Rains?

If you've ever taken a walk outside after it rains, you know that worms tend to congregate above ground after wet weather. The reason why is a mystery, although scientists have a few theories.

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Hey Folks, Nature Is Not A Petting Zoo. Leave The Animals Alone

The wildlife you see in the preserves and elsewhere is just that — wild. The preserves aren't petting zoos, and people should not touch or otherwise handle animals they encounter.

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Things We Love: Those Precious Possums

Opossums deserve our love and respect because they provide many benefits, and they're pretty cute too. 

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Hey Anglers, Don't Dump Your Unused Bait. It Can Ruin Our Waterways

Dumping unused bait in the water seems like an innocent way to end a fishing trip, but it is detrimental to the health of our waterways.

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Creature Feature: The Clever Green Heron

The green heron isn't as well known or as frequently seen as the great blue heron, but these birds are interesting in their own right.

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Amazing Find: Extremely Rare Glass Lizard Caught On Camera In Will County

Every now and then, you can get very lucky when out in the preserves and spot something truly amazing. 

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Things We Love: Those Teeny, Tiny Microarthropods

Tiny but mighty microarthropods are tiny bugs that do a lot of good despite their small size. 

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What's The Difference?: Ducks vs. Geese

Most people can identify a mallard duck and a Canada goose, but do you know the difference between ducks and geese?

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These are the Wonderful Wildflowers Blooming Right Now Across Will County

It's that time of year when the preserves are bursting with color thanks to all of the spring wildflowers and we often get inquiries about what's currently out there. 

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Current Headlines

Nature Programs Expand With Both Online and In-Person Offerings

6/5/2020

Are you ready to enjoy outdoor nature programs again? If so, sign up for a small, in-person Forest Preserve program starting this month. If you want to stay in a bit longer, check out the Zoom webinars being offered online. 

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Work Set to Resume on Black Road Corridor Trail Connections

6/3/2020

The work will include pedestrian bridges over the DuPage River and Interstate 55, and a path connecting the DuPage River Trail in Hammel Woods with the Rock Run Greenway Trail in Rock Run Preserve.

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