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5 Reasons to Head Outside for a Walk Today

Walking outside is good for you, and here are five reasons why.

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Migration Watch: Hummingbirds Have Landed in Will County

It's an exciting time of year as we look forward to the many signs of spring.

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How To Keep The Mosquitoes At Bay This Season

From herb gardens to bug repellents to Skrillex music, here's a primer to keep mosquitoes at bay.

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Roly-Poly Bugs: Appreciated But Misunderstood

Roly-polies are a rare bug that draws appreciation rather than ire, but most of us don't know much about these creatures beyond that they can roll themselves up into a ball as a defense mechanism.

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Creature Feature: The Powerful Snapping Turtle

The snapping turtle isn't hunted by many animals, but it does face many risks in the wild, including being hit by cars and having their nests hunted.

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Save Yourself From Heartbreak: Check Your Yard for Rabbit Nests Before Mowing

Before you cut your grass for the first time this year, give your yard a good once-over to look for rabbit nests. These nests often look just like a small patch of dead grass, but the babies are just under the surface, leaving them vulnerable to lawnmowers.

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5 Fun Facts About Beavers In Celebration of International Beaver Day

In recognition of International Beaver Day on Sunday, April 7, here are five facts to help you appreciate these industrious animals.

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Sugar and Water Are All You Need To Attract Hummingbirds To Your Yard

Seeing hummingbirds in the wild is a true delight, and you can attract these tiny birds to your own yard by stocking hummingbirds with food made simply by mixing sugar and boiling water. 

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What Better Day To Take A Walk Than National Walking Day

Today is National Walking Day, and you can use the occasion to begin reaping the many health benefits of regular walks or other physical activity.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Migratory Birds Know Where To Go?

Many birds travel hundreds if not thousands of miles twice each year during their migration with no map to guide them. How do they know what route to take? 

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The Telltale Sights — And Sounds — That Woodpeckers Are Living Nearby

Woodpeckers leave both visual and auditory clues of their presence, and with a good eye and a good ear you can see and hear the signs. 

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Nature Curiosity: What Happens to the Animals During a Prescribed Burn?

The animals may seem most vulnerable to the flames in a prescribed burn, but the burns are planned in a way to minimize danger.

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Creature Feature: The Gangly and Graceful Great Blue Heron

With their long legs and necks and striking plumage, great blue herons somehow manage to be both gangly and graceful all at once. These birds are commonly seen throughout Will County, particularly near water.

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Watch This Bison Do a 'Happy Dance' on the First Day of Spring

This bison probably has better moves than you.

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Today's the Vernal Equinox, But Don't Bother With The Egg Trick

Today is the first day of spring, or the vernal equinox, when the equator passes through the center of the sun.

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Current Headlines

Volunteers Sought for Summer Workdays

6/14/2019

Sign up for a summer workday to help keep the preserves free of invasive species and hospitable for native flora and fauna.

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Foundation's $10,000 Donation Funds Pollinator Garden

6/14/2019

The garden, which is already growing and was unveiled during the recent "Island Rendezvous," will benefit monarch butterflies and other pollinators. 

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