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Nature Curiosity: Why Are Some Mornings So Dewy?

What does it mean when the grass is wet and dewy in the morning? Can it tell you anything about the weather to come?

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The Monarchs Are Disappearing, But Here's How You Can Help

Monarch populations continue to plummet, but there are things you can do to help.

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These Animal Dads are Worth Celebrating

Many males play a key role in giving their offspring a much-needed jump-start. 

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Quiz: Are You An Expert on 13-Lined Ground Squirrels?

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Tree Burls Create Optical Illusions In The Forest

If you've ever seen a monkey in a tree in an Illinois forest, chances are it was really a tree burl creating an optical illusion. 

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What's The Difference?: Wetland vs. Marsh vs. Swamp

Wetlands link land and water, creating a crucial habitat with many important roles.

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Creature Feature: The Often-Misidentified 13-Lined Ground Squirrel

That chipmunk you see may be a 13-lined ground squirrel. Learn how to tell them apart and everything you need to know about these ground squirrels. 

 

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Sounds of Summer: 17-Year Cicadas Emerging, Making Presence Known

After spending 17 years underground, cicadas are emerging across Will County, and they're making their presence known with their familiar buzzing sound. 

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge On Green Herons

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Breeding Like Rabbits? What Does That Mean Anyway?

Rabbits are well-known for their ability to reproduce, but what makes them more prolific than other animals?

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Eyes To The Skies For Mercury's Elongation East of the Sun

The evening of June 4 provides an opportunity to view Mercury just after the sun sets.

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Skip The Sunbathing This Summer And Give Forest Bathing A Try Instead

Instead of sunbathing this summer, give forest bathing a try. All you need is a little free time and access to a forested or tree-covered spot. 

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Myth Buster: Snakes Are Not Slimy

Another myth busted: Snakes are not slimy at all. 

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Worms Come To The Surface When It Rains?

If you've ever taken a walk outside after it rains, you know that worms tend to congregate above ground after wet weather. The reason why is a mystery, although scientists have a few theories.

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Hey Folks, Nature Is Not A Petting Zoo. Leave The Animals Alone

The wildlife you see in the preserves and elsewhere is just that — wild. The preserves aren't petting zoos, and people should not touch or otherwise handle animals they encounter.

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Correction: Rock Run Greenway Trail Access Areas to Open Late Wednesday

9/22/2020

Two Rock Run Preserve access areas will open late for pavement striping work on Wednesday, September 23, Paul V. Nichols and Black Road Access; the Rock Run Rookery will open at its normal time, contrary to an earlier post.

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Pollinator Hotels Abuzz with Guests Thanks to Eagle Scout Candidate

9/22/2020

Three hotels built by 14-year-old Luke Lunde of Manhattan and his Scouting crew at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville are attracting solitary bees that nest in cavities and are important pollinators. 

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