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What's The Difference?: Ducks vs. Geese

Most people can identify a mallard duck and a Canada goose, but do you know the difference between ducks and geese?

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These are the Wonderful Wildflowers Blooming Right Now Across Will County

It's that time of year when the preserves are bursting with color thanks to all of the spring wildflowers and we often get inquiries about what's currently out there. 

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Warblers Adding to the Sights and Sounds of the Spring Forest

Spring is migration time for many songbirds, including warblers. These small birds add to the sights and sounds of the forest this time of year.

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Clever Or Cruel? Brown-Headed Cowbirds Make Other Birds Do All The Work Of Raising Their Young

Brown-headed cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds' nests, outsourcing incubation and newborn care entirely to other birds. This may not win them any mother-of-the-year awards, but it is the only way they know.

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Things We Love: Those Human-Friendly Cellar Spiders

Cellar spiders love to live in human habitats, but they're beneficial to us to. 

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Myth Buster: Mother Birds Won't Reject Their Babies If You Touch Them

A mother won't reject her babies if you touch them, but most young birds don't need your help.

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Newly Released Images Show The Moon Like You've Never Seen It Before

Newly released images of the moon show it in more detail than we've ever seen before. 

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Quiz: What's Your Garter Snake IQ?

Test your knowledge with this 10-question quiz.

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Dog Poop vs. Wildlife Poop: Not All Animal Excrement Is Equal

When it comes to animal poop, it's not all the same. Dog poop can be harmful to the environment if left behind, but that's not true of wildlife waste. That's why it's important to always pick up after your dog, no matter where you are.

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Three Bison Calves Born at Midewin

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

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Things We Love: Those Layabout Woodchucks

Photographing wildlife can be an adventure, but the woodchuck is an easy subject.

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When It Comes To Our Lawns, Many of Us Are Keeping Up With the Joneses

The need to have a perfect lawn has to do with peer pressure, according to a recent study. But doing so isn't really good for the environment.

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Things We Love: Those Exquisite Common Grackles

Common grackles might seem ordinary, their name even implies it. But while these birds may be common, there is something quite special about them.

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Migration Watch: Hummingbirds Have Landed in Northern Illinois

Keep your eyes peeled, because hummingbirds are in the area.

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Creature Feature: The Ubiquitous Garter Snake

The garter snake is the most common snake in the United States, living from coast to coast. But these snakes are still interesting creatures, despite being ubiquitous. 

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Current Headlines

Summer Paddling Program Launches with New Format


Paddling program participants will be required to bring their own boats, personal flotation devices and paddles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Coming Up On Facebook Live: Become a Time Traveler with Riverview Tour


The Facebook Live program will feature the history of the Clow family that settled Wheatland Township in the 1800s as well as an in-depth look at the site's barn and homes. 

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