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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on the Crafty Killdeer

Can you ace these 10 questions?

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Migration Watch: Monarchs Have Landed in Will County

We've been charting many different migrations this season, announcing when a variety of species have landed in Will County, and we now can add monarch butterflies to the list.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

So why do mosquito bites itch? It's an allergic reaction caused by the mosquitoes' saliva.

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Ducks Know What They're Doing; Leave Their Nests Alone

That duck nest you think is in a bad spot probably isn't. The duck knew what she was doing when she built it, and moving it will cause more harm than good.

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What You Need to Know About Turtle Mating Season

Spring is a time when turtles are often on the move and at risk of being hit by cars. If you can safely move a turtle across a road, here's how to do it.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Learn To Fly?

Birds don't hatch knowing how to fly. Much like babies learning to walk, learning to fly is a process for baby birds, one that often involves a lot of trial and error.

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Quiz: Are You Savvy About Snapping Turtles?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Migration Watch: Baltimore Orioles Have Landed in Will County

Here's another colorful sign of spring that may be popping up in your yard.

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The Stinky Scourge of Suburbia: Bradford Pear Trees

That fetid smell in the air may be coming from your own yard. Bradford pear trees are in full bloom now, revealing beautiful white blooms but also emitting a stench that's similar to that of rotting fish. 

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In Honor of Arbor Day, 5 Mind-Blowing Facts About Trees

In honor of Arbor Day, here's a look at some of the many reasons we should appreciate trees.

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Midewin Announces Birth of Bison Calf

The bison herd in Wilmington just got a little larger. And cuter.

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Right Now is a Great Time to See Red Admiral Butterflies

The arrival of spring brings with it the return of butterflies to our area. If you've seen a black and orange butterfly fluttering about recently, it's probably a red admiral, a common site this time of year.

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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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The War on Dandelions Is Killing Bees, But It Doesn't Have To

As we prepare to declare war on dandelions, it's important to remember just how important these "weeds" are for bees.

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Current Headlines

Volunteers Sought for Summer Workdays

6/14/2019

Sign up for a summer workday to help keep the preserves free of invasive species and hospitable for native flora and fauna.

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Foundation's $10,000 Donation Funds Pollinator Garden

6/14/2019

The garden, which is already growing and was unveiled during the recent "Island Rendezvous," will benefit monarch butterflies and other pollinators. 

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