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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Wins 'Tournament of Birds'

It was a long road in the 16-bird field, where there were some very close matchups and some blowouts along the way, but the No. 1-seeded ruby-throated hummingbird emerged as this year's champion in the 'Tournament of Birds.'

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Invasion Of The Jumping Worms: They're A Big Threat To Soil Quality

Invasion of the jumping worms isn't the next box-office thriller. These invasive worms are becoming widespread in Illinois, destroying the soil quality wherever they are. 

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5 Facts To Help You Celebrate International Beaver Day

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

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Things We Love: Those Lovely Lichens

Lichens are little known and not well understood, but they deserve our appreciation.

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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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Keep Your Eyes Peeled for April's Meteor Showers

Cross your fingers for a clear sky the night of April 21 so you can catch the Lyrid meteor shower at its peak.

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Things We Love: Those Sneaky Salamanders

When it comes to salamanders, a big part of the thrill is the hunt.

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Quiz: Are You An Expert on Spring Peepers?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Brain Damage?

Woodpeckers can peck up to 12,000 times a day! So how do they do it without hurting their brains?

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How To Turn Your Yard Into A Haven For Birds

Want to attract birds to your yard? You'll need to meet their basic needs: food, shelter and water.

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Things We Love: Those Gangling Great Blue Herons

Birds in Will County come in all shapes, sizes and colors, but it doesn't get any better than spotting a great blue heron gliding over a preserve or patiently stalking its prey on the ground.

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Cabin Fever Setting In? Here Are Some Kid-Friendly Ideas To Beat The Boredom

Beat the boredom with some kid-friendly activities for indoors and outdoors. 

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Creature Feature: The Season-Announcing Spring Peeper

Soon, spring peepers will be calling out in the night, letting us know spring has arrived.

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Get Ready For It: Spring Starts Early This Year

This year, spring officially begins March 19, the earliest start to the season for the entire continental United States in 124 years. 

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A World Without Mosquitoes? It's Not As Great An Idea As It May Seem

A world without mosquitoes might sound nice, but removing one species from its habitat can have far-ranging and devastating consequences.

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Current Headlines

Rock Run Greenway Trail Section Closed for Joliet Sewer Project

4/3/2020

A section of the Rock Run Greenway Trail that runs parallel to Houbolt Road on the west side of Joliet will be closed until further notice as the City of Joliet works on a sewer improvement project. 

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Passport Program Celebrates Earth Day's Golden Anniversary

4/3/2020

Check out the list of programs and activities online, record your Earth-friendly activities and be entered for a chance to win prizes. 

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