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Study Shows Learning to Love Nature Is Not Just for Kids

Spending time outdoors is good for you, but what if you didn't grow up with a love of nature? Can you develop an appreciation for it as an adult? You can, according to a recent study.

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Creature Feature: The Striking Red-headed Woodpecker

With its crimson cap and stunning black and white wings, the red-headed woodpecker is a beauty among birds.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Animals See in the Dark?

Each night as darkness falls, we begin to wind down our day, eventually settling in for sleep. For many animals, however, these same cues that signal the end of our day mean it’s time to start theirs.

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A Slide Through History: Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

Only ruins remain of the Joliet Iron Works, but thanks to a historic aerial photo, we can see the heart and soul of the steel mill prior to it being dismantled.

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You're Probably Using Too Much Salt to Deice Your Driveway

With ice in the forecast, it's time to get our window scrapers and salt supplies ready once again. Before throwing salt all over your driveway and sidewalks, make sure you know how it works and how to use it properly so it doesn't harm the environment. 

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Romance In The Forest? Trail Cam Appears to Catch Deer, Raccoon Kissing

A trail cam in North Carolina captured an image of what looks like a deer and a raccoon sharing a kiss, leaving scientists a bit perplexed.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Coyotes Howl?

The sound of a coyote howling in the night is enough to stop people in their tracks, but have you ever stopped to think about what they are saying?

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Quiz: What's Your Groundhog IQ?

Get ready for Groundhog Day by testing your knowledge on Punxsutawney Phil and his friends.

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A Trick Of Nature: Blue Jays Aren't Really Blue

It might shock you to learn blue jays aren't actually blue. Instead, we just perceive them to be blue because of how light passes through the birds' feathers. 

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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Birds' Feet Freeze?

Ever shiver at the sight of birds on the ice in the dead of winter? No need to worry. Geese and other waterfowl are built to withstand these harsh conditions.

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Creature Feature: The Season-Predicting Groundhog

The groundhog becomes a celebrity each year on February 2, awakening from a months-long slumber to "predict" when winter will end. Beyond this annual ritual, most Americans know little about the groundhog. 

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Quiz: Are You As Clever as a Red Fox?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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A Slide Through History: Rock Run Rookery Preserve

In its former life, the preserve now known as Rock Run Rookery used to be much less spectacular.

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Nightmare Scenario: One Snake, 511 Ticks

Nature isn't always pretty.

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Creature Feature: The Cunning and Clever Red Fox

These sly creatures are skilled hunters and adaptable to many habitats and environments, including rural, suburban and urban areas.

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See How 'Nature Takes Flight' In Second Annual Juried Art Show

2/26/2020

The 'Nature Takes Flight Juried Art Competition' includes 55 artworks that will be on display at Plum Creek Nature Center from March 3 through April 3. 

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Sections of Old Plank Road Trail to Close

2/20/2020

Portions of the Old Plank Road Trail will be closed as a powerful boom mower cuts vegetation away from the path.

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