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Bald Eagle Dominates, Wins Tournament of Birds

A number of birds tried, but none could take down the majestic bald eagle in head-to-head matchups during the Tournament of Birds.

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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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April Celestial Events Include Lyrid Meteor Shower

April's sky-watching events will include a meteor shower as well as a few close encounters between the moon and planets in the solar system.

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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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Today's the Vernal Equinox, But Don't Bother With The Egg Trick

Today is the first day of spring, or the vernal equinox, when the equator passes through the center of the sun.

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Quiz: Are You an Expert on Opossums?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Don't Miss the Final Supermoon of 2019

Not only does Wednesday mark the official start of spring, but it's also a night where you'll want to turn your eyes to the sky as long as Mother Nature cooperates with clear weather.

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There Are So Many Snakes, This Road in Southern Illinois is Closed to Cars For Two Months

It's an annual tradition at Shanwee National Forest. 

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Pelicans Have Returned to McKinley Woods

One of the most anticipated events among birders each spring and fall is the arrival of the American white pelicans at McKinley Woods in Channahon, and now is the time you'll start seeing these birds along the waterways in the area.

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It's Save a Spider Day, So Think Before You Squish

For Save a Spider Day, here are five reasons you should appreciate these creatures instead of despising them or, even worse, squishing them.

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#TrashTag Is The New Viral Challenge, And We Are Here For It

Take the #TrashTag challenge and help clean up our preserves along the way.

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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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Current Headlines

TGIF! – Gear Up for the Return of 'Food Truck Fridays'

4/23/2019

The popular summer food truck series will roll into four preserves on a rotating basis from June 7 through August 23.  

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Prescribed Burn Scheduled Today

4/23/2019

It's prescribed burn season, so please note that burning will be occurring in a Forest Preserve today.

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