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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Squirrels Throw Up?

Squirrels and other rodents are incapable of vomiting. Why they can't is related to their anatomy and physiology.

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Migration Watch: Monarchs Have Landed in Illinois And You Can Chart Their Progress

The migration of the monarchs from their winter home in Mexico is in full swing and, thanks to a map from Journey North, we know they have landed in Illinois.

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Creature Feature: The Crafty Killdeer

One of most common birds in North America, the killdeer has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to protecting its nest from potential threats. 

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The War on Dandelions Is Killing Bees, But It Doesn't Have To

As we prepare to declare war on dandelions, it's important to remember just how important these "weeds" are for bees.

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5 Reasons to Head Outside for a Walk Today

Walking outside is good for you, and here are five reasons why.

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Migration Watch: Hummingbirds Have Landed in Will County

It's an exciting time of year as we look forward to the many signs of spring.

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How To Keep The Mosquitoes At Bay This Season

From herb gardens to bug repellents to Skrillex music, here's a primer to keep mosquitoes at bay.

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Get Ready To Wish Upon A Star With Upcoming Meteor Showers

Two upcoming meteor showers will provide good viewing opportunities for shooting stars — if the weather cooperates.

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Roly-Poly Bugs: Appreciated But Misunderstood

Roly-polies are a rare bug that draws appreciation rather than ire, but most of us don't know much about these creatures beyond that they can roll themselves up into a ball as a defense mechanism.

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Creature Feature: The Powerful Snapping Turtle

The snapping turtle isn't hunted by many animals, but it does face many risks in the wild, including being hit by cars and having their nests hunted.

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Slow Your Roll: It's Turtle Season

Spring is a time when turtles are often on the move and at risk of being hit by cars. If you can safely move a turtle across a road, here's how to do it.

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Save Yourself From Heartbreak: Check Your Yard for Rabbit Nests Before Mowing

Before you cut your grass for the first time this year, give your yard a good once-over to look for rabbit nests. These nests often look just like a small patch of dead grass, but the babies are just under the surface, leaving them vulnerable to lawnmowers.

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5 Fun Facts About Beavers In Celebration of International Beaver Day

In recognition of International Beaver Day on Sunday, April 7, here are five facts to help you appreciate these industrious animals.

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Sugar and Water Are All You Need To Attract Hummingbirds To Your Yard

Seeing hummingbirds in the wild is a true delight, and you can attract these tiny birds to your own yard by stocking hummingbirds with food made simply by mixing sugar and boiling water. 

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What Better Day To Take A Walk Than National Walking Day

Today is National Walking Day, and you can use the occasion to begin reaping the many health benefits of regular walks or other physical activity.

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Current Headlines

TGIF! – Gear Up for the Return of 'Food Truck Fridays'

4/23/2019

The popular summer food truck series will roll into four preserves on a rotating basis from June 7 through August 23.  

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Prescribed Burn Scheduled Today

4/23/2019

It's prescribed burn season, so please note that burning will be occurring in a Forest Preserve today.

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