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Creature Feature: American Badgers Are Digging Machines

The American badger isn't as well-known as many of the other mammals that call Will County home, but these fascinating creatures are exceptional diggers that are known to work alongside coyotes to hunt. 

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With First Eggs Laid, Bald Eagle Nesting Season Has Begun in Will County

It may be a little bit ahead of schedule, but one of our resident bald eagle pairs in the preserves are soon going to be new parents after the female laid at least one egg early last week.

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Quiz: Are You A Downy Woodpecker Whiz?

Can you ace this 10-question quiz?

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Don't Feed The Wildlife? What About The Birds?

Don't feed the animals. We hear it all the time. Yet many of us make a habit of feeding wild birds. Why are birds any different than other wildlife?

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Marsupials Have Pouches?

For marsupials, only adult females have pouches, and they serve an important role in the reproductive process. 

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For The Birds: Great Backyard Bird Count Helps Scientists Track Populations

If you have 15 minutes to spare, you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a global citizen-science project to create a snapshot of bird populations.

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Migrating Now Through Will County: Huge Flocks Of Greater White-Fronted Geese

If you've recently noticed a large number of geese flying overhead that look a little different than the incredibly loud Canada geese you're accustomed to seeing and hearing, you're not alone.

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What's The Difference?: Woods vs. Forest

A walk in the woods or a walk in the forest? Is there even a difference?

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Creature Feature: The Diminutive Downy Woodpecker

Downy woodpeckers are the smallest woodpecker in North America. Learn more about these birds in this creature feature.

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Friends, Not Enemies: Coyote and Badger Work Together on the Hunt

This is easily the cutest thing you'll see today: A playful coyote waiting for its badger buddy before continuing on its way through a wildlife crossing under a highway in California.

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Myth Buster: Frogs and Toads Don't Cause Warts

Toads and frogs can give you warts? Think again. Warts are caused by a human virus, and you won't get them from handling an animal. 

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Eyes To The Skies For The Snow Moon

Fingers crossed for some clear weather in February so we can glimpse the night sky. 

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'Extremely Obese' Owl Rescued After Being Too Fat to Fly

The little owl in England had become anything but little after gorging itself on mice and voles in a field.

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Forget The Groundhog, Just Watch For These Signs For A Weather Prediction

Groundhogs get a lot of credit as weather prognosticators at this time of year, but there's no science to back up their predictions. If you really want to know what the weather holds, look for these clues from the natural world.

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Survival Stories: How Animals Endure Winter's Worst Weather

Even so, when given the choice, most of us choose to spend most of our time indoors. Animals, though, don't exactly have a choice. 

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Current Headlines

See How 'Nature Takes Flight' In Second Annual Juried Art Show


The 'Nature Takes Flight Juried Art Competition' includes 55 artworks that will be on display at Plum Creek Nature Center from March 3 through April 3. 

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Sections of Old Plank Road Trail to Close


Portions of the Old Plank Road Trail will be closed as a powerful boom mower cuts vegetation away from the path.

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