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The Buzz on Cicadas: How This Summer's Insects Are Different Than Their Famous 17-Year Relatives

That buzz you hear coming from the trees in your yard is coming from cicadas, but not the type of the insect that emerges only every 17 years. These cicadas emerge every summer, alerting us to their presence with their well-known buzzing sound.

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The Shrimp Found In Illinois Waterways Aren't Like the Ones on Your Dinner Plate

Shrimp in Illinois waterways? It's true, but these aren't the kind of crustaceans you'd order in a restaurant.

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Throwback Thursday: That Time We Captured an Alligator at Lake Renwick

Just like now in Humboldt Park, 'Alligator' Bob (he never reveals his last name) was on the case at Lake Renwick along with Forest Preserve District Wildlife Biologist Glen Buckner.

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Intoxicated Man Has Uber Deliver Orphaned Bird to Rehab

Heroes come in all different stages of sobriety.

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It's That Time of Year for Cicada Killer Wasps' Annual Rampage

It's not just what they do, but how these wasps do it that may send shivers up your spine.

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Creature Feature: The Awesome Osprey

Osprey or eagle? Learn what sets the osprey apart from other birds of prey.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Bats Get Dizzy When Hanging Upside Down?

Hanging upside down for even a few seconds will leave anyone feeling dizzy and a little lightheaded, so how do bats do it?

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There's Plenty To See in the Night Sky After the Fourth of July Fireworks

From planets to meteor showers, there's plenty of reasons to keep your eyes on the night sky throughout July.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on Bullfrog Basics

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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What's the Difference: Dragonfly vs. Damselfly

Is that big, buzzing insect a dragonfly or a damselfly? Learn how to tell the difference.

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These Wasps Eat Their Hosts From the Inside Out

Ichneumon wasps are scary-looking insects, but what many people think is a dangerous stinger is really used for laying eggs.

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It's Lightning Bug Season: How and Why They Light Up the Night Sky

Catching lightning bugs is a summer rite of passage. But do you know how these bugs light up? Or why?

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Quiz: Are You An Ant Expert?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Gnats Swarm?

Have you ever ridden a bike through a swarm of gnats and gotten a mouth full of bugs? There's a good reason why they congregate like that.

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Creature Feature: The Boisterous Bullfrog

The American bullfrog is common in the lakes and ponds across Will County. Do you know how to identify it?

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Current Headlines

Rock Run Bench Replacement Underway

7/15/2019

Ten new benches will be installed in the Rock Run corridor as part of a bench improvement and replacement program instituted in 2016. 

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Rolls On, Gets A Bit Trashy

7/15/2019

One thing is certain: Nobody likes a jerk in the preserves, and that's confirmed by the response we've seen to "Don't Be A Jerk," the Forest Preserve District's big, bold multimedia campaign. 

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