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  • The trails are for everyone, so mind your manners out there


    The trails can be crowded on nice days, so make sure you're being a good neighbor by practicing proper trail etiquette. 

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  • Five fun facts about those busy beavers


    The old saying "busy as a beaver" is not joke. Beavers are among the most industrious animals on Earth, and they put their skills to good use.

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  • How to stay safe around feisty geese during nesting season


    It's nesting season for Canada geese, so don't be surprised if they seem a little more feisty and aggressive than usual. And if you come face to face with one, don't turn your back and run.

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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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  • Amazing find: Rare blue racer caught on camera


    In another case of you never know what you'll find when out in the preserves, District staff spotted a pretty cool creature on Friday in the form of a blue racer within the 1,200-acre Kankakee Sands preservation system.

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  • Five things about those graceful great egrets


    Our tallest birds are among our most striking and elegant, and the great egret certainly fits into this group of regal birds.

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  • Save yourself from heartbreak: Check your yard for rabbit nests before mowing


    Before you cut your grass, it's a good idea to give your yard a good once-over to look for rabbit nests. These nests often look just like a small patch of dead grass, but the babies are just under the surface, leaving them vulnerable to lawnmowers.

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  • Sandhill crane dominates to win 2022 Tournament of Birds


    Just like the real NCAA Tournament, it took us a while to get here with some close matchups and blowouts along the way, but this year it's the sandhill crane emerging as the king of the bird world in the 2022 Tournament of Birds. 

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  • What you need to know about invasive and destructive spongy moths


    Not all moths and butterflies should be treasured. Some, like the spongy moth, are invasive and are harming local habitats. 

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  • Monarch population plummeting, and a known parasite may be killing millions a year, study finds


    Monarch populations have plummeted by more than 80% over the past two decades, and a known pathogenic parasite may be contributing to the devastating decline more than previously thought.

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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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