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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Rabbits?

That time of year is upon us, when the local forest preserves and your yards could quite literally be littered with rabbits and their offspring.

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Watch: The Power of Nature as Told Through Timelapse Video

There are many ways to showcase the sheer power of nature and, while a photo or standard video can do the trick, there's nothing more magically jaw-dropping than a timelapse video.

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Rescued Baby Squirrel Gets Tiny Cast for Broken Arm

Wildlife rescues can come in all shapes, sizes and levels of cuteness.

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Midewin to Offer Bison Tours Starting in May

This spring and summer, volunteer rangers will be leading guided hikes in search of the national mammal.

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Hummingbirds Have Arrived in Illinois

That's the good news. The bad news? They still have a bit of a journey before hitting the northern part of the state.

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Anti-Parasite Drug Could Turn Humans Into Mosquito-Killing Machines

New research shows scientists may be able to transform human blood into deadly poison for mosquitoes.

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Monarchs are Moving North and You Can Chart Their Progress

Not only are hummingbirds inching closer to Illinois, but the great monarch butterfly migration is in full swing and they're also making some incredible progress toward the area.

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Quiz: How Smart Are You About Salamanders?

Take this quiz to see how much you know about the salamanders that can be found in Will County.

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Hummingbirds are on Their Way and You Can Map Their Migration Progress

Each year, birders in the area look forward to the summer return of hummingbirds. 

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Bald Eagles' Insane Food Fight Caught on Slow-Motion Video

It's a bald eagle tussle like you've never seen before.

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Five Wild and Wacky Woodcock Facts

When it comes to birds you can see in the preserves, the American woodcock may be the most unique one you'll come across. 

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Before and After: Prescribed Burn at Braidwood Dunes

It's a stunning contrast in photos.

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Five Fascinating Facts About Skunk Cabbage

This is one part of spring that really stinks.

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Caught on Video: Bald Eagle Attacks Nesting Bald Eagle

The bald eagle was minding its own business, tending to two eggs in a nest that's being monitored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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Raccoon In Awkward Situation Generates Some Buzz

It's apparently the season for animals getting themselves in all sorts of uncomfortable situations.

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Quiz: Test Your Pelican Proficiency

They are magnificent birds, traveling and foraging in large flocks, making them nearly impossible to miss. 

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Police, Animal Control Rescue Coyote Stuck in Fence

The coyote will be treated for injuries to her forelegs and mouth and then released back into the wild.

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Diver Gives Us Shocking Look at How Much Trash is in Waterways

When Rich Horner went for a dive to check out some marine life, he found "so much plastic" instead.

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Bald Eagles Rescued After Nearly Fighting to Their Death

A once-in-a-lifetime encounter for a Pennsylvania woman likely saved two bald eagles from a death that would have been nobody's fault but their own.

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What's the Better View: Fall or Winter at Goodenow Grove?

We have to admit that they're both pretty amazing. But if you had to choose, which one would it be?

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10 Insane Wildlife GIFs for National Wildlife Day

Some of these GIFs will leave your head spinning, which wouldn't be a problem if you're an owl. But you're not.

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Can You Ace This Bison Quiz?

Here's your chance to test your knowledge of these amazing animals.

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Be Mesmerized by This Snake Slithering Along a Wire Fence

This snake isn't local, but that doesn't make the Tasmanian tiger snake's moves any less noteworthy. 

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Good Samaritans Rescue Coyote with Jar Stuck to its Head

Thankfully for one coyote, some kind folks came to the rescue to get it out of a situation that not only looked ridiculous, but totally stunk.

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Is Your Wildlife Knowledge Worthy of a Gold Medal?

Just like the Olympians in South Korea, animals have all sorts of incredible skills and strengths. 

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Daring Raccoon Rescue is Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse

It's fair to say things didn't go exactly as planned when a crew tried to rescue a raccoon that had been trapped on the ledge of a suburban Detroit building for days.

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Which Wild Animal Are You?

We all can display some wild tendencies every now and then. 

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Spectacular 'Super Blue Blood Moon' Coming on Jan. 31

As long as there are some clear skies, January is going to close out with a rare heavenly trifecta for astronomy fans in the form of a supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse. 

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Raccoons?

Are you a trash panda expert? Or is your knowledge total garbage? 

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Bird Executes Huge Photobomb During Weather Forecast

When it comes to photobombs, bigger always is better.

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Quiz: Are You a Bald Eagle Expert?

Test your knowledge to see how much you really know about these amazing birds.

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Five Fascinating Facts About Coyotes

Coyotes are incredibly smart and adaptable. But how much do you really know about these generally reclusive animals that are afraid of humans?

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Unsavory Squirrel Steals Cookie, Attacks Police Officer

In the end, the law won. 

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Police Patiently Wait for Massive Python to be 'Good and Ready to Move'

There are wildlife crossings, and then there are epic wildlife crossings. Such was the case over the weekend for police in Queensland, Australia.

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Stop What You're Doing and Watch These Jaw-Dropping Slow-Motion Lightning Strikes

Seeing the full force of nature in super slow motion truly is a sight to behold.

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Nonprofit Looks to Drones to Fight Off Mosquitoes

Could drones be the answer to significantly cutting down mosquito-borne illnesses worldwide?

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Deer Just Can't Let Go of Halloween

Deer can often seem smart thanks to their senses of sight, smell and hearing, but that isn't always enough to keep them out of some seriously ridiculous situations.

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8 Adorable Videos of Chipmunks Eating

Simply put, chipmunks can be pigs.

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Fat Raccoon Tries to Climb Through Sewer Grate, and It Ended Exactly How You Thought It Would

Raccoons may be smart enough to solve an ancient Greek fable, but one chunky trash bandit wasn't smart enough to see there was no way it would fit through a sewer grate.

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For National Bison Day, Five Fun Facts That Might Surprise You

What you don’t know about these scraggly-bearded giants might actually surprise you.

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Halloween Special: Six Creepy, Cool and Freaky Fungi

Halloween is right around the corner and if you're looking for some nature-inspired horror shows at different times of year, all you have to do is look down while walking the trails.

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Monster Earthworm Surfaces After Massive Rains

This worm is as big as a snake.

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Incredible Video: Spider Wraps Up Toad in Matter of Seconds

The yellow garden spider is quite efficient when capturing its prey.

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Raccoon has no time for a manhole cover inspection

Don't you just hate it when visitors drop by unannounced and open up your front door?

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Police 'pawsitively surprised' when trash bandit turns itself in — on moving vehicle

Police officers deal with all sorts of situations on a daily basis, but this one may go down as the strangest — and cutest — of all time.

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Sometimes, Nature Stinks — Especially in the Fall

You can thank the neighborhood skunk, along with the time of year, for that unmistakable stench.

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Audubon Resource Helps Gardeners Attract Birds

The online database helps you make your yard an avian oasis.

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Amazing Find: Two Rare Reptiles Spotted in One Preserve on Same Day

Every now and then, District staff gets lucky when out in the field and comes upon some special creatures, and such was the case earlier this week.

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Study Shows Glass Buildings Cause Blind Spot for Bats

Smooth vertical surfaces can wreak havoc on bats' ability to process sound waves, causing them to crash head-on into buildings.

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What You Need to Know About 'Zombie Dogs'

So far there appear to be no recent reports of sick coyotes in Will County. But it’s good to be aware of what is happening in case the contagious disease spreads to coyotes in the region.

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Watch: Determined Hummingbird Tries Feeding Off Orange Hat

Give this bird an A for effort, even if it came up empty.

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The Hooded Grebe’s Courtship Dance May Be the Most Amazing One You'll Ever See

From fancy footwork to some highly choreographed maneuvers, hooded grebes surely know how to put on a show.

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Watch These Birds Turn Themselves Into Whirlybirds on a Whirlybird

We've all been there at some point in our lives, bored out of our minds and making our own bit of fun however we could. These corellas are no different.

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Glow-in-the-dark algae lights up Australia

A unique bioluminescent bloom in Australia is setting the Internet on fire.

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Amazing Video Captures Rare Sight: A Great Horned Owl Going For a Swim

It's an incredibly majestic and incredibly rare piece of video, courtesy of some hikers in a canyon in Lake Powell, between Arizona and Utah.

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99-million-year-old baby bird found in amber is a fossil like we've never seen before

The hatchling is the most complete fossil ever found in Myanmar amber, with its head, wings, skin, feathers and a clawed foot clearly visible to the naked eye.

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Squirrel invades home, and complete pandemonium breaks out

Squirrels belong outside, and this video proves that.

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D.C. Duck Ramp Proves Sometimes Nature Just Needs a Boost

They took to it like a duck to water, naturally.

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Animals Drinking Water is the Best Thing on the Internet This Week

A GoPro, a bucket of water and a parade of thirsty animals is truly mesmerizing.

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Adorable trash panda invades Toronto airport to delight of travelers

It was one of the cutest airport security breaches you'll ever see.

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Current Headlines

Mokena woman chosen as Forest Preserve's Volunteer of the Year

4/20/2018

Phyllis Schulte was honored for her 27 years as a volunteer and her stewardship of Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve.

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Crosswalk Restriping Slated to Begin April 24

4/19/2018

Restriping of the crosswalks will not affect trail access.

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