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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Squirrels Throw Up?

Squirrels and other rodents are incapable of vomiting. Why they can't is related to their anatomy and physiology.

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Creature Feature: The Crafty Killdeer

One of most common birds in North America, the killdeer has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to protecting its nest from potential threats. 

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Roly-Poly Bugs: Appreciated But Misunderstood

Roly-polies are a rare bug that draws appreciation rather than ire, but most of us don't know much about these creatures beyond that they can roll themselves up into a ball as a defense mechanism.

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Creature Feature: The Powerful Snapping Turtle

The snapping turtle isn't hunted by many animals, but it does face many risks in the wild, including being hit by cars and having their nests hunted.

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The Recipe For Success With Hummingbird Feeders: Sugar and Water

Seeing hummingbirds in the wild is a true delight, and you can attract these tiny birds to your own yard by stocking hummingbirds with food made simply by mixing sugar and boiling water. 

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Migratory Birds Know Where To Go?

Many birds travel hundreds if not thousands of miles twice each year during their migration with no map to guide them. How do they know what route to take? 

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The Telltale Sights — And Sounds — That Woodpeckers Are Living Nearby

Woodpeckers leave both visual and auditory clues of their presence, and with a good eye and a good ear you can see and hear the signs. 

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Nature Curiosity: What Happens to the Animals During a Prescribed Burn?

The animals may seem most vulnerable to the flames in a prescribed burn, but the burns are planned in a way to minimize danger.

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Watch This Bison Do a 'Happy Dance' on the First Day of Spring

This bison probably has better moves than you.

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Creature Feature: The Gangly and Graceful Great Blue Heron

With their long legs and necks and striking plumage, great blue herons somehow manage to be both gangly and graceful all at once. These birds are commonly seen throughout Will County, particularly near water.

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Quiz: Are You an Expert on Opossums?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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What's the Difference?: Downy Woodpeckers vs. Hairy Woodpeckers

Can you tell the difference between a downy woodpecker and a hairy woodpecker? Here are a few clues to help distinguish these two look-alikes from one another.

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Why is This Great Horned Owl White?

White birds are fairly common in the wild, with some swans, egrets, gulls and even owls known for their snow-colored plumage. But what about white birds that should be a distinctly different color, such as a white cardinal, hawk or great horned owl?

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Some Squirrels Are Lucky Enough To Inherit A Fortune in Food Stores, Study Shows

According to a recent study, red squirrels can inherit wealth just like humans. But for the squirrels, inherited wealth comes in the form of food stores of squirrels that have died. 

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Quiz: Are You Wise About Woodcocks?

Test your knowledge with these 10 questions.

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Current Headlines

Rock Run Greenway Trail Section Closed for Joliet Sewer Project

4/3/2020

A section of the Rock Run Greenway Trail that runs parallel to Houbolt Road on the west side of Joliet will be closed until further notice as the City of Joliet works on a sewer improvement project. 

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Passport Program Celebrates Earth Day's Golden Anniversary

4/3/2020

Check out the list of programs and activities online, record your Earth-friendly activities and be entered for a chance to win prizes. 

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