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Quiz: Can You ID These Birds?

Put your birding knowledge to the test with this 15-question quiz.

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5 Reasons To Hit the Trails on National Hiking Day

National Take a Hike Day is November 17 and there are plenty of reasons to take advantage of all of the good you can get from a hike.

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How To Keep The Birds Visiting Your Yard All Winter Long

The days have become noticeably colder and shorter, and food supplies have become more scarce for many birds. But you can keep birds visiting your yard all year long by providing the right foods.

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Five Things You Probably Don't Know About Bald Eagles

From eagle eyes to Benjamin Franklin, dive into these offbeat facts.

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Creature Feature: Turkey Vultures Do Nature's Dirty Work

Turkey vultures are raptors just like eagles and hawks, but there are a few things that set them apart.

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November Sky Watching: Full Beaver Moon, Transit of Mercury, Leonids Meteor Shower

If you're watching the skies this month, keep your eyes peeled for Mercury's transit of the sun, the Leonids meteor shower and the full moon, known as the beaver moon.

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Don't Pitch Your Pumpkins; Put Them To Good Use

Halloween is over, but you've probably still got some pumpkins on your porch. Rather than throw them out with next week's trash, put them to good use. 

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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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Quiz: Are You an Authority on Raccoons?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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What's the Difference: Chipmunk vs. Ground Squirrel

Is that a chipmunk or a ground squirrel scurrying around your yard in preparation for winter? Learn how to tell the difference between these two similar-looking rodents.

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How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Coyotes

Seeing coyotes in your neighborhood is not cause for alarm because these animals are common throughout all of Illinois. You can keep yourself and your pets safe from them by following some simple, common-sense precautions.

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Creature Feature: The Crafty Raccoon

Loved or reviled, the raccoon is one of the most common mammals in Illinois. 

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Monarchs and Día de los Muertos: How To Attract These Winged Souls to Your Yard

Monarchs are a popular symbol in the celebration of Día de los Muertos. Learn what these butterflies symbolize and how you can attract them to your yard in the upcoming "Winged Souls & Milkweed" program.

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Don't Be a Butthead; Dispose of Cigarettes Properly

Trillions of cigarettes are littered each year, creating a lasting impact for the environment. And now, with the rising popularity of e-cigarettes, litter from smoking includes both hazardous and electronic waste.

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Good News For Those Who Hate Yard Work: You Can Skip Raking Your Leaves

Put down the rake. You don't need to clear all the leaves from your yard this fall. Leaving them where they fall is actually better for the environment and for your yard.

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'Astonishing' Work at Hadley Valley Earns Excellence in Ecological Restoration Accreditation


The Excellence in Ecological Restoration Program accreditation was announced recently by Chicago Wilderness. 

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Forest Preserve Board Approves $25 Million Capital Plan


The bond funds will be used to improve preserves and facilities and allow for additional land acquisition. 

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