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With First Eggs Laid, Bald Eagle Nesting Season Has Begun in Will County

It may be a little bit ahead of schedule, but one of our resident bald eagle pairs in the preserves are soon going to be new parents after the female laid at least one egg early last week.

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Quiz: Are You A Downy Woodpecker Whiz?

Can you ace this 10-question quiz?

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Don't Feed The Wildlife? What About The Birds?

Don't feed the animals. We hear it all the time. Yet many of us make a habit of feeding wild birds. Why are birds any different than other wildlife?

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Marsupials Have Pouches?

For marsupials, only adult females have pouches, and they serve an important role in the reproductive process. 

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What's The Difference?: Woods vs. Forest

A walk in the woods or a walk in the forest? Is there even a difference?

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Creature Feature: The Diminutive Downy Woodpecker

Downy woodpeckers are the smallest woodpecker in North America. Learn more about these birds in this creature feature.

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Friends, Not Enemies: Coyote and Badger Work Together on the Hunt

This is easily the cutest thing you'll see today: A playful coyote waiting for its badger buddy before continuing on its way through a wildlife crossing under a highway in California.

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Myth Buster: Frogs and Toads Don't Cause Warts

Toads and frogs can give you warts? Think again. Warts are caused by a human virus, and you won't get them from handling an animal. 

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'Extremely Obese' Owl Rescued After Being Too Fat to Fly

The little owl in England had become anything but little after gorging itself on mice and voles in a field.

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Forget The Groundhog, Just Watch For These Signs For A Weather Prediction

Groundhogs get a lot of credit as weather prognosticators at this time of year, but there's no science to back up their predictions. If you really want to know what the weather holds, look for these clues from the natural world.

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Survival Stories: How Animals Endure Winter's Worst Weather

Even so, when given the choice, most of us choose to spend most of our time indoors. Animals, though, don't exactly have a choice. 

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Quiz: What's Your Gray Squirrel IQ?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Woolly Bear Caterpillars Freeze to Death?

Woolly bear caterpillars can't predict how bad winter will be, but they do have a pretty cool way to survive even the coldest of temperatures.

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Has Your Bird Feeder Become a Squirrel Feeder? Here Are Some Ideas to Keep Those Rascals Away

Are your attempts at feeding the birds inadvertently keeping the neighborhood squirrels well fed? We're here to help.

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Creature Feature: The Agile Gray Squirrel

Do you know what kind of squirrel is taking up residence in your yard? Learn more about eastern gray squirrels and how to differentiate them from other squirrels that live in Illinois.

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Current Headlines

Rock Run Greenway Trail Section Closed for Joliet Sewer Project

4/3/2020

A section of the Rock Run Greenway Trail that runs parallel to Houbolt Road on the west side of Joliet will be closed until further notice as the City of Joliet works on a sewer improvement project. 

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Passport Program Celebrates Earth Day's Golden Anniversary

4/3/2020

Check out the list of programs and activities online, record your Earth-friendly activities and be entered for a chance to win prizes. 

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