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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Woolly Bear Caterpillars Freeze to Death?

Woolly bear caterpillars can't predict how bad winter will be, but they do have a pretty cool way to survive even the coldest of temperatures.

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Has Your Bird Feeder Become a Squirrel Feeder? Here Are Some Ideas to Keep Those Rascals Away

Are your attempts at feeding the birds inadvertently keeping the neighborhood squirrels well fed? We're here to help.

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Creature Feature: The Agile Gray Squirrel

Do you know what kind of squirrel is taking up residence in your yard? Learn more about eastern gray squirrels and how to differentiate them from other squirrels that live in Illinois.

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What's the Difference: Lichens vs. Mosses

Can you tell the difference between a lichen and a moss? They often look very similar, but there are a few key differences. 

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How To Stay Safe And Avoid Unnecessary Coyote Encounters

Seeing coyotes in your neighborhood most is not cause for alarm because these animals are common throughout all of Illinois. You can keep yourself and your pets safe from them by following some simple, common-sense precautions.

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Why Is Snowfall So Hard to Accurately Predict?

Those snow forecasts you see can often be much ado about nothing, because snow is notoriously hard to accurately forecast. 

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A Mild Winter Means No Break From Ticks

Winter weather isn't a guarantee that ticks don't pose a threat to you or your pets. If the temperature is above freezing and the ground isn't frozen, some ticks are still active, which means they can still spread tick-borne illnesses.

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Why Is The World So Quiet When It Snows? The Science Behind the Silence

It's not just a myth that the world seems more quiet after a snowfall. There's science behind the silence.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on the American Mink

Test your knowledge on these little-known creatures.

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Myth Buster: The Full Moon Doesn't Really Change Human Behavior

Think the full moon makes people act a little batty? Think again. This belief has existed for many moons, but it simply isn't true. 

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Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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2020 Will Start With Some Stellar Sky-Watching

What to watch for in the night sky this month.

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What's The Difference: Trumpeter Swan vs. Tundra Swan vs. Mute Swan

Three types of swans populate our waterways, but these white birds can be hard to tell apart from one another. Learn what features can help you distinguish between trumpeter swans, tundra swans and mute swans.

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Five Fascinating Facts You Probably Don't Know About Owls

Winter is the season for owls. Learn more about these mysterious and mystical creatures.

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A Band of Blue Jays? Test Your Knowledge on Terms for Groups of Animals

Dive into a shiver of sharks and other fun names we have for groups of animals. 

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Multiple Preserves and Trails Closed Due to Icy Conditions


Hammel Woods - Crumby Recreation Area, Braidwood Dunes, Raccoon Grove, Keepataw Preserve, and the equestrian lot at Goodenow Grove will reopen when it is safe to do so.

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Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence


This is the 24th consecutive year the District has received the award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

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