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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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Nature Curiosity: How Do Owls Turn Their Heads So Far?

While it’s a common misconception that owls can turn their heads 360 degrees, they still can perform some pretty dramatic feats when it comes to checking out their environment

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In Extremely Rare Sighting, Coastal Bird Turns Up at Whalon Lake

A black-legged kittiwake, whose range is the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, has been putting on a show for birders at Whalon Lake in Naperville.

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Quiz: How Savvy Are You About Snowy Owls?

Take this quiz to see how much you know about this treasured species.

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Quiz: Test Your Beaver Brainpower

We all know the saying "busy as a beaver," but how much do you really know about these buck-toothed rodents?

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Creature Feature: The Stunning Snowy Owl

Snowy owls are a prized find among bird-watchers, because the beautiful birds are a sight to behold set against a wintry backdrop.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Hear?

If you’ve thought to yourself "Do birds have ears?," well the answer to that question is both yes and no. 

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They Were Hired to Cut Down A Dead Tree; They Ended Up Saving an Owl

It wasn't a normal day on the job.

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The Science Behind This Week's Winter Wonderland

Did you wake up to a winter wonderland Monday, only to find sunny skies and no fresh snowfall? It was all part of a beautiful weather phenomenon some parts of Will County and northern Illinois experienced this week.

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What Happens When Biodiversity is Lost? Rats, Pigeons Move In, Study Shows

According to a new study published by PLOS Biology, as species that are unique to particular ecosystems vanish, the more common — and mostly undesireable ones — move in.

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Creature Feature: Nature's Lumberjack, the Beaver

Beavers' ability to build structures is one of the most significant in the animal kingdom and these animals are second only to humans in their ability to change the environment they live in.

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CDC Warns of Self-Cloning, Disease-Carrying Tick That Can Cause 'Massive Infestations'

The cold weather may be here and with that comes some bug-free outdoor excursions, but a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sounding the alarm for next year in regard to an exotic, self-cloning tick that's invading the United States.

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Your Christmas Tree Could Have Up to 25,000 Bugs On It

If you don't take precautions, it could be the gift that keeps on giving.

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Wardens Rescue Window Breaking, Basement Trashing, Pool Table Dancing Deer

Animal encounters come in all shapes and sizes, but this is the incredible tale of a basement, a deer that’s run amok and two conservation officers who engaged in an epic tag-team wrestling match to subdue it.

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Creature Feature: The Big, Colorful Wild Turkey

Most of us think of turkey as the star of the Thanksgiving table, but these birds live among us too, right in our own forests and prairies. 

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Current Headlines

Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence

1/16/2020

This is the 24th consecutive year the District has received the award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

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Visitor Centers Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

1/15/2020

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, all Forest Preserve visitor centers will be closed on Monday, January 20. 

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