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Five Bloody Good Facts About Mosquitoes

Here's a little something to read while you're busy itching and scratching all those bites.

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Rare White Cardinal Caught on Camera in New Lenox

Here's something you don't see every day.

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Creature Feature: The Loud and Imposing Red-Tailed Hawk

That hawk soaring overhead or perched atop a light pole is probably a red-tailed hawk. Learn more about these high-flying birds.

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Don't Feed Ducks and Geese Bread; You're Making Them Sick

Next time you're at a local pond, resist the urge to feed the ducks and geese. They don't need our help, and we are actually making them sick.

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Five Fascinating Facts About the Monarch Super Generation

The monarchs you see at this time of the year are truly special, part of a 'super generation' that's different than the previous three generations.

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What's the Difference?: Centipede vs. Millipede

Is that creepy crawly covered in legs a centipede or a millipede? Here's how to tell. 

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Quiz: Are You A Water Snake Expert?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: Do Animals Get Sunburned?

If you've ever spent a long day in the sun with no sunscreen, you've probably paid the price in the form of a bad sunburn. But are animals at risk for painful sunburns too? 

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Snakes in the Water? Don't Worry; They're Not After You

Learn more about the northern water snake, one of the most common water snakes in Illinois.

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A Plant That Does What It's Told? Obedient Plant Isn't Just a Misnomer

A plant that does what it's told? The name obedient plant may seem like a misnomer, but the flowers of this plant can be turned in any direction and will stay in place once moved, hence the name.

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Here's How To Create A Healthy Bat Habitat in Your Yard — And Why You Should

Most of us try to avoid bats, but creating a welcoming habitat for them may be beneficial. 

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What's the Difference?: Monarch Butterfly vs. Viceroy Butterfly

Is that orange and black butterfly floating by a monarch or a viceroy? Here's how to tell the difference.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on the High-Flying Osprey

Answer these 10 questions to see if you are an osprey expert.

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The Buzz on Cicadas: How This Summer's Insects Are Different Than Their Famous 17-Year Relatives

That buzz you hear coming from the trees in your yard is coming from cicadas, but not the type of the insect that emerges only every 17 years. These cicadas emerge every summer, alerting us to their presence with their well-known buzzing sound.

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The Shrimp Found In Illinois Waterways Aren't Like the Ones on Your Dinner Plate

Shrimp in Illinois waterways? It's true, but these aren't the kind of crustaceans you'd order in a restaurant.

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Current Headlines

Forest Preserve Chips in to Help Celebrate National Bison Day

10/17/2019

Bison Crawl programs are scheduled at Sugar Creek Preserve, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and a variety of other sites throughout Illinois.

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Boom Mower Work Taking Place Along Wauponsee Glacial Trail

10/9/2019

Trail users should use caution as the powerful boom mower trims back shrubbery from the sides of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail.

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