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  • Feet in hiking boot walking along a natural surface trail.

    Earbuds out for the latest fitness trend: Silent walking gaining traction


    Keeping up with the latest fitness trends? Then put your earbuds away and enjoy the silence on your next walk. 

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  • A person standing on a wooden bridge with a lake in the background.

    Preserves We Love: Lake Chaminwood, for its transformation to tranquility


    Director of planning and land preservation Colleen Novander tells us why she loves Lake Chaminwood Preserve.

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  • A full moon seen above grasses blowing in the breeze.

    In September, we await the harvest moon after fall officially begins


    Whether the weather forecast reflects it or not, we will welcome fall in September. 

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  • A man standing in front of a courtyard full of hanging hummingbird feeders.

    Meet a Naturalist: Bob Bryerton, a naturalist from his earliest days


    Meet Bob Bryerton, the program coordinator at Plum Creek Nature Center and Monee Reservoir.

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  • A woman standing in a prairie

    Preserves We Love: Kankakee Sands, for its parallels to parenthood


    Restoration program coordinator Juli Mason tells us why she loves Kankakee Sands Preserve. 

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  • A differential grasshopper on a leaf.

    Hop to it with these five grasshopper facts


    Grasshoppers are one of our more familiar insects, and this is your chance to learn all about them.

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  • A ruby-throated hummingbird at a feeder.

    Hummingbirds are already migrating, but don't pack away your feeders just yet


    Ruby-throated hummingbirds migrate in waves, and some have already departed for their wintering grounds. But we'll continue to see the birds in Will County for weeks, so keep filling your feeders.

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  • A reddish-pink water lily in bloom, next to a whitish-yellow American lotus in bloom.

    What's the difference?: Water lily vs. American lotus


    Not all those big green leaves growing on the water's surface are lily pads. American lotus can also be found in Illinois waterways. Learn to tell the difference between these two plants.

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  • A person standing next to a bridge on a trail.

    Preserves We Love: McKinley Woods, because there's something for everyone


    Guest services associate Kylee Beckwith tells us why she loves McKinley Woods — Frederick's Grove.

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  • A ruby-throated hummingbird at a feeder.

    Bees and wasps buzzing your hummingbird feeders? You're not alone


    If you've been seeing more bees than hummingbirds visiting your hummingbird feeders, you're not alone. Learn why we see them more at this time of year and some tips for keeping them away.

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See where the bison roam at Midewin in September's 'Buzz' episode


Tune in to September's episode of 'The Buzz' to see bison roaming Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and learn more about restoration efforts at the 20,283-acre Will County site owned by the U.S. Forest Service. 

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‘We loved them all!': Shorewood couple among the first to hike all 10 Woods Walk trails


A Shorewood couple is among the first to complete all 10 Woods Walk trails this year, just 10 days after the challenge started Sept. 1. Woods Walk runs through Nov. 30, so there's plenty of time to hike seven of the 10 trails to earn a commemorative medallion.

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