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Creature Feature: The Elusive, Fast Flying Merlin

These birds are smaller than most falcons, known for their powerful flying and astute hunting abilities. 

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Injured Hummingbirds Bring Big Challenges for Wildlife Rehabbers

They eat constantly, fly in excess of 30 mph and weigh less than a nickel, and it's that combination which can make diagnosing and treating an injured hummingbird quite the gargantuan task. 

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Now is a Great Time to See Snakes in the Preserves

If you like limbless reptiles, you're going to love the next few weeks.

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Creature Feature: Praying Mantis is Perfectly Designed for Hunting Prey

September and October are the most common times to see these intriguing insects.

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Have You Seen Any Black Squirrels in the Preserves?

While no hard data exists, anecdotal evidence indicates this black squirrel at McKinley Woods is indeed a rare find locally.

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Chimney Swifts Are Putting on Impressive Nightly Show in Mokena

The village building is in the older section of Mokena, and the chimney swifts have been congregating there in the fall for at least the past several years.

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This Big Fungus Find Comes in Very Small Package

Fungi can come in all shapes, colors and sizes, and while the big ones across the forest floor can be amazing to see, it's the teenie-tiny ones that can truly take your breath away.

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Wolf Spiders: Often Accused, Rarely Guilty

Wolf spiders tend to get a bad rap in autumn for invading your house as the weather cools, but they are mostly being falsely accused. 

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This Carnivorous Plant has an Appetite for Bugs

Animal-eating plants seem like an idea ripped from a Hollywood movie script – “Little Shop of Horrors,” anyone? – but carnivorous plants do exist, even right here in Will County.

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Ghost Plant: The Albino on the Forest Floor

This unique specimen is often confused for a fungus, but it's a perennial plant that lacks chlorophyll.

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Freaky Fungus of the Week: Old Man of the Woods

When it comes to fungi that leave no mystery as to how they got their name, Old Man of the Woods definitely fits the bill.

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Rabbits, Stink Bugs are Most-Googled Wildlife Images in Illinois

While we often get the biggest reaction on social media from creepy crawlies such as colorful spiders and huge snakes, data shows you're searching for stinky and cuter forms of wildlife.

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Quiz: Are You Brilliant When it Comes to Bats?

Can you ace the quiz?

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Get Ready for a Spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower

This will be the best meteor shower of the year.

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The Stink on Skunks

If you – or more likely, your dog – find yourself on the receiving end of a skunk’s stinky spray, you can’t say you weren’t warned. 

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Current Headlines

Rock Run Rookery ‘Hot Spot’ Serves as Demonstration Site for Asian Carp Harvest

9/23/2019

More than 50 members of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus took a bus ride from their annual meeting in Chicago to Rock Run Rookery Preserve in Joliet to learn more about the fight to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. 

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Portion of Spring Creek Greenway Trail Closed Tuesday for Maintenance

9/16/2019

A section of trail located at Messenger Marsh will be closed Tuesday morning for maintenance. The segment includes the entire portion of trail east of Bell Road. The dog park at the preserve will not be impacted.

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