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  • A shooting star in the night sky.

    Forget holiday wishes; wish upon a shooting star instead this December


    Can't count on your holiday wishes coming true? Wish upon a shooting star instead.

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  • golden eagle on the left and bald eagle on the right

    What's the difference?: Bald eagle vs. golden eagle


    In their adult plumage, golden eagles and bald eagles are easy to distinguish from one another. As juveniles, however, they look much more similar.

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  • People walking on the trail on a warm winter day

    Skip the stores and #OptOutside for Black Friday instead


    Looking for a new post-Thanksgiving tradition other than hitting the local stores for some frenzied holiday shopping? Consider joining the #OptOutside movement.

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  • Christmas trees for sale at a Christmas tree lot.

    Real or fake Christmas tree: Which one is better for the environment?


    Think you’re doing the Earth a favor by buying an artificial Christmas tree rather than a real one? Not so fast with that rationalization.

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  • A pair of sandhill cranes in shallow water.

    Five fast facts about loud but lovely sandhill cranes


    Sandhill cranes are the supermodels of the bird world, tall, elegant and eye-catching with their gray plumage and crimson eye patches. 

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  • A man and woman walking across a trail bridge.

    Need a good reason to take a hike? Here are five


    Looking for a reason to it the trails and stretch your legs on a hike? Here are five.

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  • Monee Reservoir at sunrise.

    Nature curiosity: Why do lakes turn over each spring and fall?


    Each spring and fall, our lakes undergo a quiet but essential change that keeps them healthy for aquatic species.

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  • A male and female ring-necked pheasant in grass.

    Ring-necked pheasants not native to U.S. but have thrived as a game bird


    Ring-necked pheasants aren't native to Illinois or even the United States, but these birds have been common since the 1800s after being introduced as a game bird.

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  • A bison grazing in grass.

    What's the difference?: Bison vs. buffalo


    Buffalo and bison are not synonyms, although the term buffalo has been in widespread use in reference to bison for centuries.

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  • Many evening grosbeaks on a bird feeder.

    Happening now: Evening grosbeaks showing up in rare irruption


    If you spot a stranger at your bird feeder, it could be an evening grosbeak. The birds are rare in Illinois but have been spotted recently as part of an irruption.

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Current Headlines

Nature Foundation kicks off year-end fundraiser with Giving Tuesday


The Nature Foundation of Will County is a nonprofit agency that supports many Forest Preserve District initiatives and will continue to do so in the years to come. To help with this mission, the Foundation is encouraging donations as part of the annual Giving Tuesday movement on Nov. 29.

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Section of Old Plank Road Trail closed for bridge replacement project


The Old Plank Road Trail segment from Spencer Road to Schoolhouse Road is closed so the Jackson Branch bridge can be replaced. 

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