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Quiz: How Savvy Are You About Snowy Owls?

Take this quiz to see how much you know about this treasured species.

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Don't Miss These Super Celestial Events in January

The new year will get off to an impressive start for sky watchers, with a meteor shower and total lunar eclipse both on display in the night sky in the first few weeks of 2019.

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Have Your Christmas Lights Been Cut? Blame These Troublemakers

Almost nothing kills the holiday spirit quite like looking out your window to find that the Christmas lights you spent hours hanging outside are no longer lighting up the winter night.

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Quiz: Test Your Beaver Brainpower

We all know the saying "busy as a beaver," but how much do you really know about these buck-toothed rodents?

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Creature Feature: The Stunning Snowy Owl

Snowy owls are a prized find among bird-watchers, because the beautiful birds are a sight to behold set against a wintry backdrop.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Hear?

If you’ve thought to yourself "Do birds have ears?," well the answer to that question is both yes and no. 

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They Were Hired to Cut Down A Dead Tree; They Ended Up Saving an Owl

It wasn't a normal day on the job.

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The Science Behind This Week's Winter Wonderland

Did you wake up to a winter wonderland Monday, only to find sunny skies and no fresh snowfall? It was all part of a beautiful weather phenomenon some parts of Will County and northern Illinois experienced this week.

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What Happens When Biodiversity is Lost? Rats, Pigeons Move In, Study Shows

According to a new study published by PLOS Biology, as species that are unique to particular ecosystems vanish, the more common — and mostly undesireable ones — move in.

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Creature Feature: Nature's Lumberjack, the Beaver

Beavers' ability to build structures is one of the most significant in the animal kingdom and these animals are second only to humans in their ability to change the environment they live in.

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The Geminid Meteor Shower Will Peak This Week

You'll have multiple chances to try to see the Geminid meteor shower, which will be at its peak on December 13.

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CDC Warns of Self-Cloning, Disease-Carrying Tick That Can Cause 'Massive Infestations'

The cold weather may be here and with that comes some bug-free outdoor excursions, but a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sounding the alarm for next year in regard to an exotic, self-cloning tick that's invading the United States.

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Your Christmas Tree Could Have Up to 25,000 Bugs On It

If you don't take precautions, it could be the gift that keeps on giving.

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Wardens Rescue Window Breaking, Basement Trashing, Pool Table Dancing Deer

Animal encounters come in all shapes and sizes, but this is the incredible tale of a basement, a deer that’s run amok and two conservation officers who engaged in an epic tag-team wrestling match to subdue it.

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Creature Feature: The Big, Colorful Wild Turkey

Most of us think of turkey as the star of the Thanksgiving table, but these birds live among us too, right in our own forests and prairies. 

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Police Increase Special Olympics Fundraising Efforts in 2019

2/19/2019

Forest Preserve police will host a Special Olympics Plane Pull and participate in other Law Enforcement Torch Run activities in 2019 to benefit the global charity and its programs.

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Volunteer Spotlight: For This Couple, It's All About Raising Awareness

2/18/2019

Connie and Lee Witkowski are educators at heart, and teaching others extends not just to their jobs, but also to their volunteer work.

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