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Monarch Migration is in Full Swing at Midewin, and Here's the Visual Proof

The number of monarchs roosting each evening is quite impressive.

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Eavesdropping Is a Survival Skill for Squirrels, Study Shows

Squirrels eavesdrop on birds to help them determine if an area is safe from potential predators, according to a recent study.

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So, About That Heat Lightning You Saw This Week

That heat lightning you saw this week? It was just lightning from a storm far off in the distance. 

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Dragonflies Are Swarming, and They're Being Picked Up on Radar

If you love dragonflies, it's a great time to be in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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In Rare Twist of Luck, Harvest Moon and Friday the 13th Coincide

Good luck or bad luck for the superstitious? This year's harvest moon — the name for the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox — coincides with Friday the 13th for the first time since 2000. 

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Leaves of Three, Let It Be: How To Avoid Poison Ivy and Its Itchy Rash

"Leaves of three, let it be" is a good rule of thumb, but knowing more about poison ivy may help you avoid an itchy rash. 

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Rare Albino Hummingbird Spotted in Ohio

A rare, all-white ruby-throated hummingbird was spotted in northeastern Ohio this week.

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Creature Feature: The Royal-Sounding Queen Snake

The royal-sounding queen snake is common in the Great Lakes region. This snake, often seen near water, is sometimes confused with the garter snake and the northern water snake. Learn what sets it apart. 

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This Interactive Map Helps Guide You to This Season's Fall Colors

If you're looking forward to a colorful canopy, this map is just for you.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Flocks of Birds Coordinate?

Birds flying in formation can be an awe-inspiring feat of nature, but how do the birds do it? And why?

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Quiz: What's Your Red-tailed Hawk IQ?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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There Are So Many Snakes, This Road in Southern Illinois Will Close to Cars for Two Months

It's a tradition at Shanwee National Forest. 

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The Sounds of the Night: Insects Create a Nocturnal Chorus

If you listen closely at night, you'll hear a chorus of insects. Cicadas, crickets and katydids all combine to create a symphony of sound. 

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A Death Trap for Wildlife: Improperly Disposed of Fishing Line

Fishing line seems like an innocuous tool, but in reality it's a death trap for untold numbers of wildlife.

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Five Bloody Good Facts About Mosquitoes

Here's a little something to read while you're busy itching and scratching all those bites.

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Current Headlines

Rock Run Rookery ‘Hot Spot’ Serves as Demonstration Site for Asian Carp Harvest


More than 50 members of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus took a bus ride from their annual meeting in Chicago to Rock Run Rookery Preserve in Joliet to learn more about the fight to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. 

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Portion of Spring Creek Greenway Trail Closed Tuesday for Maintenance


A section of trail located at Messenger Marsh will be closed Tuesday morning for maintenance. The segment includes the entire portion of trail east of Bell Road. The dog park at the preserve will not be impacted.

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