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Quiz: Test Your Pelican Proficiency




They are magnificent birds, traveling and foraging in large flocks, making them nearly impossible to miss. 

But when you mention to someone that pelicans can be seen in Will County, the response usually goes something like this:

 

But it's true, particularly around Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve in Plainfield and Four Rivers Environmental Center in Channahon.

“Within the last 15 to 20 years, white pelicans have been seen with ever greater frequency in our area, especially in the wide-waters area near McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove,” said Rita Renwick, president of the Will County Audubon Society.

So if you're a person who takes pride in being extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife that calls the county home, put yourself to the test on the topic of pelicans.

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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