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Why is This Great Horned Owl White?

White birds are fairly common in the wild, with some swans, egrets, gulls and even owls known for their snow-colored plumage. But what about white birds that should be a distinctly different color, such as a white cardinal, hawk or great horned owl?

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It's a Bald Eagle Bonanza at Rock Run Rookery

While Starved Rock State Park in Utica is often a go-to spot for those fascinated by America's bird, Rock Run Rookery Preserve has been providing more than a suitable alternative closer to home.

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Some Squirrels Are Lucky Enough To Inherit A Fortune in Food Stores, Study Shows

According to a recent study, red squirrels can inherit wealth just like humans. But for the squirrels, inherited wealth comes in the form of food stores of squirrels that have died. 

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Quiz: Are You Wise About Woodcocks?

Test your knowledge with these 10 questions.

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Creature Feature: Opossums Are Nature's Pest Control

Opossums are so ugly that they're cute, but beyond their appearances we should appreciate them for their amazing pest control abilities. 

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Survive With Broken Beaks?

Can a bird survive with a broken beak? It often depends on where the injury is and how severe it is, as well as whether the bird can still eat.

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Being Near Green Spaces During Childhood Is Good For Mental Health Later In Life, Study Says

Study after study has shown that spending time in the great outdoors is good for you. But according to a new study, simply being raised near green spaces can reduce your risk of developing certain mental illnesses as an adult.

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Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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Quiz: Are You a Red-Headed Woodpecker Whiz?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Skip the Stink: How to Keep Stink Bugs at Bay

Winter is stink bug season, at least indoors. If you are finding these bugs around your house, don't squish them or step on them unless you're prepared for their noxious odor. Instead, your best bet is to prevent them from getting inside your house in the first place.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Deer Stay Warm in Winter?

Deer can't escape the cold during a long, harsh winter, so how do they survive? They rely on a combination of adaptations and behavioral changes to make it through the cold winter months.

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Study Shows Learning to Love Nature Is Not Just for Kids

Spending time outdoors is good for you, but what if you didn't grow up with a love of nature? Can you develop an appreciation for it as an adult? You can, according to a recent study.

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Creature Feature: The Striking Red-headed Woodpecker

With its crimson cap and stunning black and white wings, the red-headed woodpecker is a beauty among birds.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Animals See in the Dark?

Each night as darkness falls, we begin to wind down our day, eventually settling in for sleep. For many animals, however, these same cues that signal the end of our day mean it’s time to start theirs.

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Current Headlines

TGIF! – Gear Up for the Return of 'Food Truck Fridays'

4/23/2019

The popular summer food truck series will roll into four preserves on a rotating basis from June 7 through August 23.  

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Prescribed Burn Scheduled Today

4/23/2019

It's prescribed burn season, so please note that burning will be occurring in a Forest Preserve today.

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