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Warblers Adding to the Sights and Sounds of the Spring Forest

Spring is migration time for many songbirds, including warblers. These small birds add to the sights and sounds of the forest this time of year.

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Could A Vaccine Save Bats From White-Nose Syndrome? A New Study Shows Promise

Researchers have developed a vaccine that could prevent bat deaths from white-nose syndrome, an illness decimating bat populations in much of the United States.

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The Plight of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

The rusty patched bumble bee is the first bee in the continental United States to be listed as endangered. Here's why that's important.

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What Are 'Zombie Raccoons'? Should I Be Concerned?

The 'zombie raccoons' making headlines lately are sick with distemper, and while humans aren't affected by the illness, dogs can be. 

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How To Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard: Native Plants Are Best

Both hummingbird feeders and wildflowers can help attract ruby-throated hummingbirds to your yard, but don't forget about including plants that host insects, another important food source for these tiny beauties.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on the Crafty Killdeer

Can you ace these 10 questions?

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Migration Watch: Monarchs Have Landed in Will County

We've been charting many different migrations this season, announcing when a variety of species have landed in Will County, and we now can add monarch butterflies to the list.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

So why do mosquito bites itch? It's an allergic reaction caused by the mosquitoes' saliva.

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Ducks Know What They're Doing; Leave Their Nests Alone

That duck nest you think is in a bad spot probably isn't. The duck knew what she was doing when she built it, and moving it will cause more harm than good.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Learn To Fly?

Birds don't hatch knowing how to fly. Much like babies learning to walk, learning to fly is a process for baby birds, one that often involves a lot of trial and error.

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What You Need to Know About Turtle Mating Season

Spring is a time when turtles are often on the move and at risk of being hit by cars. If you can safely move a turtle across a road, here's how to do it.

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Quiz: Are You Savvy About Snapping Turtles?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Global Big Day Is For The Birds, And Bird-Watchers

Local bird-watchers can contribute to a worldwide snapshot of birds in the annual Global Big Day bird-counting event.

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Migration Watch: Baltimore Orioles Have Landed in Will County

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

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The Stinky Scourge of Suburbia: Bradford Pear Trees

That fetid smell in the air may be coming from your own yard. Bradford pear trees are in full bloom now, revealing beautiful white blooms but also emitting a stench that's similar to that of rotting fish. 

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Current Headlines

Isle a la Cache Museum hosts 36th 'Island Rendezvous' on June 8


The event will feature 18th-century fur trader themed activities, live creatures, food and fun!

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Whalon Lake’s New Kayak Rental Program Launches Saturday, May 25


Kayaks will be available for rental from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at the 80-acre lake through Labor Day.

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