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Can You Identify These 15 Birds? Take the Test to Find Out




Birding can be rewarding but, whether you're a novice or have years of experience out in the field, it can be tricky to get those identifications just right.

We often see this firsthand, with members of the public seeking us out for an identification or opting to open it up to everyone on the District's Will County Wildlife Facebook group.

For any birder, there are key features that can offer some clues, such as size, shape, plumage and the structure of a bird's bill. But distance, poor lighting and a number of other variables out in nature can make it difficult or nearly impossible to come to a clear conclusion.

For our quiz, we've eliminated those variables, so go ahead and put yourself to the test to see how well you know all of these feathered friends. It also could come in handy if you're participating in the "Big Day - Bird Hike Challenge," which runs through August 17.

Note: If on a mobile device, click here to take the quiz.

Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

2/19/2019

Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

2/19/2019

The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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Skip the Stink: How to Keep Stink Bugs at Bay

2/15/2019

Winter is stink bug season, at least indoors. If you are finding these bugs around your house, don't squish them or step on them unless you're prepared for their noxious odor. Instead, your best bet is to prevent them from getting inside your house in the first place.

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