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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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Five GIFs Showing Why You Should #OptOutside on Black Friday

Sure, throwing some elbows to get that cheap TV could provide a workout, but there are a number of reasons why it's better to ditch the stores and embrace nature on Black Friday.

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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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Maine Police Officer Rescues Skunk from Sticky Situation

It was anything but a Happy Meal for this hungry skunk.

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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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Researchers have a quacky idea: Replace car horns with duck sounds

The sounds of nature have a way to grab someone's attention, and that's further confirmed by the results from a study looking into alternatives for the modern day car horn, where duck sounds emerged as the winner.

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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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You Won't Be Able to Stop Watching These Bees Mating

Animals don't think of mating as an act of intimacy like humans do, but one photographer has incredibly captured the most intimate video of bees mating that you'll ever see.

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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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Bird Incredibly Hitches Ride Through Chicago's Loop

What's more amazing: The fact that this bird hitched a ride or that the driver seemed to be traveling at a decent clip in Chicago's Loop?

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Current Headlines

Buzz on over to Plum Creek for this year’s ‘Bee a Beekeeper!’ course

1/19/2018

Learn all you need to know about beekeeping during six weekly sessions.

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Search for regal raptors at Forest Preserve’s ‘Eagle Watch on the River’ program

1/18/2018

The program will run for two weekends, Feb. 1-3 and 8-10, at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.

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