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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Bees Sting?

Bees sting for a simple reason: to defend themselves from danger.

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Quiz: What's Your Luna Moth IQ?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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In Very Rare Sighting, Painted Bunting Spotted in Will County

Birders have been flocking to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington the past few days to get a glimpse of a very colorful — and extremely rare — bird for Will County.

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Rare Albino Woodchuck Spotted at Lockport Prairie

Here's something you don't see every day in a forest preserve. 

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Snap A Pic Of The Next Bumblebee You See In The Name of Science

You can contribute to bumblebee conservation efforts by snapping a photo of bumblebees you see and uploading them to Bumble Bee Watch.

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What's the Difference?: Wild Parsnip vs. Golden Alexander

Knowing the difference between wild parsnip and golden alexander could save you from a painful, burning rash.

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New Citizen Science Program: The Tick's In The Mail

You can help researchers learn more about ticks in Illinois by dropping them in the mail. 

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Creature Feature: The Lovely Luna Moth

The lovely luna moth is prized by many for its beauty. But there's more to these moths than just their outward appearance.

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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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Could A Vaccine Save Bats From White-Nose Syndrome? A New Study Shows Promise

Researchers have developed a vaccine that could prevent bat deaths from white-nose syndrome, an illness decimating bat populations in much of the United States.

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The Plight of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

The rusty patched bumble bee is the first bee in the continental United States to be listed as endangered. Here's why that's important.

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What Are 'Zombie Raccoons'? Should I Be Concerned?

The 'zombie raccoons' making headlines lately are sick with distemper, and while humans aren't affected by the illness, dogs can be. 

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How To Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard: Native Plants Are Best

Both hummingbird feeders and wildflowers can help attract ruby-throated hummingbirds to your yard, but don't forget about including plants that host insects, another important food source for these tiny beauties.

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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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Current Headlines

Order a 2020 Canine Calendar Today to Benefit Homeless Pets in Will County


Calendars filled with photogenic pups who frequent the Forest Preserve's dog parks will be delivered in time for the holidays, and each calendar sold will generate $10 for the Will County Humane Society.

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Plum Creek Greenway Trail Addition Opens in Crete Township


The 1-mile trail section extends south from Plum Valley Preserve – Burville Road Access, which includes a dog park and a picnic pavilion. 

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