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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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  • Five fast facts about always flying chimney swifts


    Chimney swifts are almost always seen in flight, and their silhouette in the air gave rise to their nickname, flying cigars.

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  • Time to slow your roll: Turtles are on the move for nesting 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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  • Creature Feature: The silky-looking six-lined racerunner


    Get to know a little about the six-lined racerunner, one of only two lizard species that live in Will County.

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  • Nature curiosity: When does a bird need help?


    It’s a question that comes up often: I found an injured bird that might be injured, so what should I do? The answer depends on many factors, including the age and type of bird, but in many cases the best course of action is contacting a licensed wildlife rehabilitator who can help the animal.

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  • During spring, warblers add to the sights and sounds of the 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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  • Migration watch: Hummingbirds have landed in Will County


    Thanks to Journey North — a project run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum — you can chart the ruby-throated hummingbirds' progress as they head our way. 

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  • Can you slither your way to a perfect score on this snake quiz?


    Test your knowledge on snakes with this 15-question quiz.

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  • Five facts about show-stopping lunar eclipses


    Lunar eclipses only happen a few times a year, and they aren't visible from everywhere even if the weather cooperates, making them a real show stopper if you are fortunate enough to see one.

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  • Nature curiosity: What makes a weed a weed?


    Essentially, weeds are any plants that are growing in an area where they are not intended to grow, but it's a little more complicated than that, legally speaking.

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Current Headlines

Half-price dog park permits now on sale


Half-price permits will be available for purchase online, by mail or in person at one of four visitor centers. The permits can be used at all six Forest Preserve District dog parks through the end of 2022.

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Fourth of July holiday closures


All Forest Preserve visitor centers will be closed July 4 for the Independence Day holiday; all preserves will remain open. 

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