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  • A raccoon laying on a tree branch.

    Five fast facts about those rascally raccoons


    Raccoons are known for their mischievous ways, making them both beloved and bemoaned by the humans they live alongside.

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  • A fall landscape with trees full of yellow and orange leaves.

    Hoping for dazzling fall color? Fingers crossed for sunny days and cool nights


    If you love fall color, hope the coming weeks bring us warm, sunny days and cool, crisp nights.

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  • A spider web in a tree.

    Nature curiosity: Why is spider silk sticky?


    Have you ever walked face first into a spiderweb and cursed the spider that spun it? Find out why those webs are so sticky. 

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  • An aerial view of a bridge with a fall landscape.

    Anxiously awaiting fall color? Let this interactive map guide you


    If you're counting down the days to a colorful canopy, this map is just for you.

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  • A blue jay in the grass with a peanut in its mouth.

    Seen a bird looking a little worse for the wear? It's probably molting


    If you've spotted a bird that looks sickly or just downright strange, there's a good chance it's molting and will be back to its stylish self soon.

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  • Three pelicans lined up in flight.

    Happening now: Flocks of pelicans land in Channahon


    One of the most anticipated events among birders each spring and fall is the arrival of the American white pelicans, and now is the time you'll once again start seeing these birds along the waterways in the area.

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  • A crayfish in the water.

    Lobsters in Illinois? Maybe not, but we have plenty of their miniature relatives, crayfish


    We, of course, have no lobsters here in landlocked Will County, but their miniature-sized relative, the crayfish, populates our waterways.

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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 full moon in the night sky with prairie grasses in the foreground.

    Break out the pumpkin spice? Fall begins soon no matter how you define the seasons


    Like it or not, the seasons are a-changing. 

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  • A snapping turtle on a trail.

    Five fast facts about those not-so-ferocious snapping turtles


    The imposing-looking snapping turtle is nothing to fear, but they are pretty interesting creatures.

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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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