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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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  • 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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  • What's the difference?: Male vs. female pileated woodpecker


    Male and female pileated woodpeckers look similar, but they are not identical. If you look closely at the coloring on their heads and faces, you can tell the difference. 

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  • Using rat poison to control rodent infestations can have devastating effects on other wildlife


    Everything in nature is connected, so when you use rodenticides to control rodent infestations in and around your home the effects may be more far reaching than you intended.

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  • Protect the overwintering insects by resisting urge to start your garden cleanup now


    Step away from the rake; it's too early to start your spring yard cleanup.

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  • Five feisty facts about Canada geese


    Get the lowdown on Canada geese, one of our most common and widespread birds.

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  • Nature curiosity: Why and how do turtles breathe with their butts?


    How do turtles breathe while they are underwater all winter? By breathing through their butts, so to speak.

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  • Myth buster: No two snowflakes are alike? Very likely, but it's hard to prove


    Every snowflake is unique, or at least as best as we can figure out. It's probably true that no two snowflakes are alike, but the sheer number of snowflakes makes it virtually impossible to determine with certainty.

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Current Headlines

Two regional trails slated for $1.37 million paving upgrades


Pavement repair work is scheduled to begin after Sept. 19 on the Old Plank Road and Joliet Junction trails. The trails are 25 and 19 years old, respectively, and the work is needed to protect and maintain the popular paths. 

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Monee Reservoir Visitor Center reduces hours starting Aug. 16


Monee Reservoir Visitor Center will be closing at 4 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. starting Aug. 16 due to a staffing shortage. But the visitor center will be open normal hours, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., on the three-day Labor Day weekend. 

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