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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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After Fireworks Displays, Keep Your Eyes On The Skies For Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

After the smoke clears from the annual fireworks displays, keep your eyes on the skies to view a penumbral lunar eclipse. 

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Love A Stunning Sunset? Sahara Dust Cloud Could Make Sky Pop With Color

A dust plume from the Sahara Desert is making its way to the United States, and the effects of it could reach as far as northern Illinois. That means we may see some stunning sunrises and sunsets.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Are Some Mornings So Dewy?

What does it mean when the grass is wet and dewy in the morning? Can it tell you anything about the weather to come?

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The Monarchs Are Disappearing, But Here's How You Can Help

Monarch populations continue to plummet, but there are things you can do to help.

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It's Lightning Bug Season, So Be On The Lookout For These Incredible Creatures

Catching lightning bugs is a summer rite of passage. But do you know how these bugs light up? Or why?

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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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Quiz: Are You An Expert on 13-Lined Ground Squirrels?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Tree Burls Create Optical Illusions In The Forest

If you've ever seen a monkey in a tree in an Illinois forest, chances are it was really a tree burl creating an optical illusion. 

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What's The Difference?: Wetland vs. Marsh vs. Swamp

Wetlands link land and water, creating a crucial habitat with many important roles.

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Coming Up On Facebook Live: Become a Time Traveler with Riverview Tour


The Facebook Live program will feature the history of the Clow family that settled Wheatland Township in the 1800s as well as an in-depth look at the site's barn and homes. 

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Retired Carpenter Nails Perfect Shot for June Photo Contest Win


Jon Flodstrom of Frankfort said he timed it just right to get within a foot of a widow skimmer perched near a Hickory Creek Preserve pond to snap the winning photo. 

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