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Quiz: Are You an Authority on Raccoons?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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What's the Difference: Chipmunk vs. Ground Squirrel

Is that a chipmunk or a ground squirrel scurrying around your yard in preparation for winter? Learn how to tell the difference between these two similar-looking rodents.

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How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Coyotes

Seeing coyotes in your neighborhood is not cause for alarm because these animals are common throughout all of Illinois. You can keep yourself and your pets safe from them by following some simple, common-sense precautions.

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Creature Feature: The Crafty Raccoon

Loved or reviled, the raccoon is one of the most common mammals in Illinois. 

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Monarchs and Día de los Muertos: How To Attract These Winged Souls to Your Yard

Monarchs are a popular symbol in the celebration of Día de los Muertos. Learn what these butterflies symbolize and how you can attract them to your yard in the upcoming "Winged Souls & Milkweed" program.

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Don't Be a Butthead; Dispose of Cigarettes Properly

Trillions of cigarettes are littered each year, creating a lasting impact for the environment. And now, with the rising popularity of e-cigarettes, litter from smoking includes both hazardous and electronic waste.

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Good News For Those Who Hate Yard Work: You Can Skip Raking Your Leaves

Put down the rake. You don't need to clear all the leaves from your yard this fall. Leaving them where they fall is actually better for the environment and for your yard.

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It's Mating Season for Deer, Which Can Have Deadly Consequences

During this time, deer tend to move about more freely, causing an uptick in collisions with vehicles.

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Pelicans?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Spiders Make Silk?

Spider silk is stronger than any other fiber on Earth, but how do these eight-legged creatures make it? They are specially equipped for making silk, with glands and structures designed for just that purpose. 

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Watch Your Step: Stink Bugs Are Making Their Way Indoors

With summer-like temperatures behind us, it's the time of year when stink bugs start making their way into our homes. Resist the urge to stomp on or squish them or you'll quickly learn how these insects got their name.

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Think Twice Before Your Drop That Apple Core on the Ground; It's Still Littering

Food scraps don't decompose as fast as you might think, so leaving your apple cores and banana peels behind is bad news for many reasons.

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Creature Feature: The Beloved American White Pelican

American white pelicans make their presence known in Will County twice a year, so get to know more about these biannual visitors in our creature feature.

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Our Birds Are Disappearing; Here's How You Can Help

Our birds are disappearing at an alarming rate, but there are many simple things you can do at home to help save them.

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Bizarre Science: Male Honeybees Blind Their Queens With Toxic Semen

Males bees, the drones, have an unusual way of showing affection for the queen – they try to blind her. It may sound bizarre, but it makes perfectly good sense.

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Current Headlines

Forest Preserve Visitor Centers Closed Friday for Annual Employee Meeting

12/9/2019

Forest Preserve visitors centers will be closed Friday, December 13, for an annual employee meeting.

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Eagle Watch Event Expands, Features Raptor Programs

12/6/2019

'Eagle Watch 2020' on January 3 and 4 also will include guided hikes, a food truck and eagle-oriented activities at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon.

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