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Get Ready for a Spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower

This will be the best meteor shower of the year.

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The Stink on Skunks

If you – or more likely, your dog – find yourself on the receiving end of a skunk’s stinky spray, you can’t say you weren’t warned. 

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Meet the Wasps of Summer

Now's the time of year when you'll be seeing a number of predatory wasps with greater frequency.

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The Story of Eastern Phoebes, a Suspect Raccoon and a Rebirth

Every day in the preserves, natural selection and the cycle of life are carrying on and, oftentimes, people see it firsthand.

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Department of Public Health Issues Warning After 17 Rabid Bats Found in Illinois

Five bats in Will County have tested positive for rabies so far this summer.

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Cicada Killer Wasps' Annual Rampage in Full Swing

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

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Caught on Video: Snake Slithers Onto Windshield of Moving Car

What would you do?

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Can You Identify These 15 Birds? Take the Test to Find Out

Birding can be a rewarding experience, but also tricky to get those identifications just right.

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These Animal Dads are Worth Celebrating

Many males play a key role in giving their offspring a much-needed jump-start. 

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After Tragedy Strikes, Game Warden Saves Unborn Fawn with C-Section

Within seconds, the unborn fawn was out and breathing on its own.

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Quiz: How Much Bee Brainpower Do You Have?

Take this quiz to test your knowledge on these very important pollinators.

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It's Prime Time for Snapping Turtles in the Preserves

If you're a big fan of turtles, particularly snapping turtles, it's a great time to head out into the preserves and do a little wildlife spotting.

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Quiz: How Good is Your Great Blue Heron Knowledge?

Take this quick quiz to test your knowledge of these amazing birds.

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Watch a Bee Complete its Life Cycle in Seconds

We've previously brought you the amazing metamorphosis of Monarch butterflies and now it's time for something just as magical: The life cycle of a bee condensed into 60 seconds.

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Study Shows Squirrels Steal Half of Food Put in Bird Feeders

Squirrels can be relentless when it comes to stealing a meal.

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Dandy Dandelions: This 'Common Weed' has Many Benefits

Each spring, homeowners declare war on dandelions, pulling out all the stops to keep America’s most hated weed out of their yards and gardens. But is it a war worth waging? Should we just leave these plants be?

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Squirrel 'Came in Like a Wrecking Ball,' Immediately Regretted It

There's no shortage of videos featuring these furry little critters taking a spin on squirrel-proof feeders, but this one is particularly entertaining.

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Homer Glen Man Checks Pool, Finds 'Thousands' of Tadpoles

We get our fair share of calls about wildlife, but right out of the gate it was clear this wasn't going to be the standard call.

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What Squirrels Did Under the Hood of This Car is Just Plain Nuts

These little critters can make quite a mess and here's the photo to prove it.

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A Brief History of Wildlife Stealing Everyone's Tiny Cameras

If you have grand plans this summer of planting a camera outside in hopes of getting some incredible footage, consider using a tether.

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Watch the Incredible Moment a Bison Calf is Born

The scene recently played out at Nachusa Grasslands, where bison were reintroduced to the prairie in 2014.

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Monarch Butterflies Have Landed in Northern Illinois

After a long journey, monarch butterflies have arrived locally.

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Spring Breeding Season Reminder: Leave Young Wildlife Alone

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is issuing a warning to would-be do-gooders.

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Quiz: Test Your Hummingbird Braininess

While these bright and beautiful birds can be seen in our area, learn more about these miniature but mighty marvels.

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Baltimore Orioles Have Landed in Illinois

Here's another colorful sign of spring that may be popping up in your yard.

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Midewin Announces Birth of Bison Calves

The bison herd in Wilmington just got a little larger. And cuter.

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Follow These Tips to Avoid Lyme Disease, Other Tickborne Illnesses This Summer

Spring and summer bring the joys of warmer weather and longer days, but it also brings along a number of pests, such as ticks.

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Quiz: Check Your Monarch Butterfly I.Q.

Show your appreciation for this butterfly’s tenacity and check your monarch I.Q. with our quiz. You may never think about this popular pollinator in the same way.

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Hummingbirds Have Made it to Northern Illinois

It's taken a while, but ruby-throated hummingbirds have finally made their way into northern Illinois.

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Now and Then: American Lotus at McKinley Woods

In addition to warmer weather, here's another thing to look forward in the coming months: The amazing display of American lotus.

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Rabbits?

That time of year is upon us, when the local forest preserves and your yards could quite literally be littered with rabbits and their offspring.

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Watch: The Power of Nature as Told Through Timelapse Video

There are many ways to showcase the sheer power of nature and, while a photo or standard video can do the trick, there's nothing more magically jaw-dropping than a timelapse video.

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Rescued Baby Squirrel Gets Tiny Cast for Broken Arm

Wildlife rescues can come in all shapes, sizes and levels of cuteness.

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Midewin to Offer Bison Tours Starting in May

This spring and summer, volunteer rangers will be leading guided hikes in search of the national mammal.

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Anti-Parasite Drug Could Turn Humans Into Mosquito-Killing Machines

New research shows scientists may be able to transform human blood into deadly poison for mosquitoes.

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Monarchs are Moving North and You Can Chart Their Progress

Not only are hummingbirds inching closer to Illinois, but the great monarch butterfly migration is in full swing and they're also making some incredible progress toward the area.

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Quiz: How Smart Are You About Salamanders?

Take this quiz to see how much you know about the salamanders that can be found in Will County.

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Hummingbirds are on Their Way and You Can Map Their Migration Progress

Each year, birders in the area look forward to the summer return of hummingbirds. 

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Bald Eagles' Insane Food Fight Caught on Slow-Motion Video

It's a bald eagle tussle like you've never seen before.

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Five Wild and Wacky Woodcock Facts

When it comes to birds you can see in the preserves, the American woodcock may be the most unique one you'll come across. 

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Before and After: Prescribed Burn at Braidwood Dunes

It's a stunning contrast in photos.

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Caught on Video: Bald Eagle Attacks Nesting Bald Eagle

The bald eagle was minding its own business, tending to two eggs in a nest that's being monitored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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Raccoon In Awkward Situation Generates Some Buzz

It's apparently the season for animals getting themselves in all sorts of uncomfortable situations.

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Quiz: Test Your Pelican Proficiency

They are magnificent birds, traveling and foraging in large flocks, making them nearly impossible to miss. 

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Police, Animal Control Rescue Coyote Stuck in Fence

The coyote will be treated for injuries to her forelegs and mouth and then released back into the wild.

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Diver Gives Us Shocking Look at How Much Trash is in Waterways

When Rich Horner went for a dive to check out some marine life, he found "so much plastic" instead.

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Bald Eagles Rescued After Nearly Fighting to Their Death

A once-in-a-lifetime encounter for a Pennsylvania woman likely saved two bald eagles from a death that would have been nobody's fault but their own.

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What's the Better View: Fall or Winter at Goodenow Grove?

We have to admit that they're both pretty amazing. But if you had to choose, which one would it be?

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10 Insane Wildlife GIFs for National Wildlife Day

Some of these GIFs will leave your head spinning, which wouldn't be a problem if you're an owl. But you're not.

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Can You Ace This Bison Quiz?

Here's your chance to test your knowledge of these amazing animals.

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Be Mesmerized by This Snake Slithering Along a Wire Fence

This snake isn't local, but that doesn't make the Tasmanian tiger snake's moves any less noteworthy. 

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Good Samaritans Rescue Coyote with Jar Stuck to its Head

Thankfully for one coyote, some kind folks came to the rescue to get it out of a situation that not only looked ridiculous, but totally stunk.

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Is Your Wildlife Knowledge Worthy of a Gold Medal?

Just like the Olympians in South Korea, animals have all sorts of incredible skills and strengths. 

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Daring Raccoon Rescue is Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse

It's fair to say things didn't go exactly as planned when a crew tried to rescue a raccoon that had been trapped on the ledge of a suburban Detroit building for days.

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Which Wild Animal Are You?

We all can display some wild tendencies every now and then. 

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Spectacular 'Super Blue Blood Moon' Coming on Jan. 31

As long as there are some clear skies, January is going to close out with a rare heavenly trifecta for astronomy fans in the form of a supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Kenny's Extra Eyes and Ears for the District

8/17/2018

Emily Kenny’s time spent volunteering with the Forest Preserve District has included so many different tasks that she’s become a familiar face to many employees, fellow volunteers and visitors over the past 18 years.

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Get Up Close and Personal with Vernon Kleen, Illinois' Master Hummingbird Bander

8/16/2018

Vernon Kleen's lifelong passion helps engage other people in the often fascinating world of birds through his work as a bird bander at hummingbird festivals throughout the state.

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