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Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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Skip the Stink: How to Keep Stink Bugs at Bay

Winter is stink bug season, at least indoors. If you are finding these bugs around your house, don't squish them or step on them unless you're prepared for their noxious odor. Instead, your best bet is to prevent them from getting inside your house in the first place.

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Quiz: Are You a Red-Headed Woodpecker Whiz?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Deer Stay Warm in Winter?

Deer can't escape the cold during a long, harsh winter, so how do they survive? They rely on a combination of adaptations and behavioral changes to make it through the cold winter months.

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Study Shows Learning to Love Nature Is Not Just for Kids

Spending time outdoors is good for you, but what if you didn't grow up with a love of nature? Can you develop an appreciation for it as an adult? You can, according to a recent study.

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Be A Citizen Scientist in the Great Backyard Bird Count

If you have 15 minutes to spare this weekend, 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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Creature Feature: The Striking Red-headed Woodpecker

With its crimson cap and stunning black and white wings, the red-headed woodpecker is a beauty among birds.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Animals See in the Dark?

Each night as darkness falls, we begin to wind down our day, eventually settling in for sleep. For many animals, however, these same cues that signal the end of our day mean it’s time to start theirs.

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Eyes on the Sky: Don't Miss February's Snow Moon, Zodiacal Light And More

February's celestial events include a comet fly-by, the snow moon and a celestial phenomenon called zodiacal light.

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A Slide Through History: Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

Only ruins remain of the Joliet Iron Works, but thanks to a historic aerial photo, we can see the heart and soul of the steel mill prior to it being dismantled.

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You're Probably Using Too Much Salt to Deice Your Driveway

With ice in the forecast, it's time to get our window scrapers and salt supplies ready once again. Before throwing salt all over your driveway and sidewalks, make sure you know how it works and how to use it properly so it doesn't harm the environment. 

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Romance In The Forest? Trail Cam Appears to Catch Deer, Raccoon Kissing

A trail cam in North Carolina captured an image of what looks like a deer and a raccoon sharing a kiss, leaving scientists a bit perplexed.

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That Bites: Winter No Break From Tick Checks After Time Outdoors

Winter weather isn't a guarantee that ticks don't pose a threat to you or your pets. If the temperature is above freezing and the ground isn't frozen, some ticks are still active, which means they can still spread tick-borne illnesses.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Coyotes Howl?

The sound of a coyote howling in the night is enough to stop people in their tracks, but have you ever stopped to think about what they are saying?

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Current Headlines

Police Increase Special Olympics Fundraising Efforts in 2019

2/19/2019

Forest Preserve police will host a Special Olympics Plane Pull and participate in other Law Enforcement Torch Run activities in 2019 to benefit the global charity and its programs.

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Volunteer Spotlight: For This Couple, It's All About Raising Awareness

2/18/2019

Connie and Lee Witkowski are educators at heart, and teaching others extends not just to their jobs, but also to their volunteer work.

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