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First Murder Hornets, Now Zombie Cicadas. Luckily, Their Names Make Them Sound Worse Than They Are

Zombie cicadas are the latest scary-sounding insect to roam the world, but much like the murder hornets before them they sound scarier than they actually are.

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Quiz: What's Your Belted Kingfisher IQ?

Find out on this 10-question quiz.

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5 Fascinating Facts About Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

The ruby-throated hummingbird is among the most beloved birds in Will County, and the more you know about them the more you will love them.

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Myth Buster: Bats Aren't Blind

Bats aren't blind — some can even see better than you — but they also don't need to rely on their vision to navigate in flight because they use echolocation.

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Get Ready For A Dazzling Display With The Perseids Meteor Shower

The best of the annual meteor showers — the Perseids — will light up the night sky in mid-August. If you want to see them streak across the sky, find a place with a dark, open sky and sit back and relax.

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Creature Feature: The Eye-Catching Belted Kingfisher

The belted kingfisher is a common bird that lives across the entire United States, and they often catch the eye and the ear with their top-heavy appearance and loud, rattling calls.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Flowers Smell Good?

Next time you stop to smell the roses, or any other sweet-smelling flower for that matter, keep in mind that the fragrance isn't intended for you. Instead, the plants are trying to attract insects and birds to aid in pollination. 

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Too Many Mosquitoes In Your Yard? Attract Dragonflies

Dragonflies can eat dozens of mosquitoes a day, so attracting them to your yard might help make your time outside more enjoyable.

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Quiz: Can You Ace This River Otter Quiz?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Do You Have Bats Living Nearby? State Researchers Want To Know

If you know of bats living on your property or nearby, you can submit the information to researchers studying bats in Illinois. 

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Throwing A Party? Skip The Balloons To Help Save Wildlife

Balloons can wreak havoc on wildlife and the environment if not used and disposed of properly, so think twice before including them in your party decor. 

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What's The Difference?: Butterfly Vs. Moth

Is that a moth or a butterfly? Learn the clues to help you tell the difference. 

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The Dog Days of Summer Are Here, But It Doesn't Mean What You Think

The dog days of summer are here, both literally and metaphorically. Be sure to stay safe outdoors during periods of high heat and humidity.

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Myth Buster: Opossums Don't Really Hang By Their Tails To Sleep

Opossums are often depicted in cartoons as hanging upside down by their tails, but they aren't really able to do it for any length of time. 

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Creature Feature: The Playful River Otter

River otters once nearly disappeared from Illinois, but these playful creatures have rebounded, thanks to a successful conservation program.

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Current Headlines

Crosswalk restriping slated for this week on Old Plank Road Trail


A contractor will be restriping the crosswalks along the trail on Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14.

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Reopens August 16 for General Use


Fledgling birds born at the rookery have aged enough to be able to fend for themselves, so the preserve access will reopen for birdwatching and hiking.

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