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Have You Seen Any Black Squirrels in the Preserves?

While no hard data exists, anecdotal evidence indicates this black squirrel at McKinley Woods is indeed a rare find locally.

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Five Bloody Good Facts About Mosquitoes

Here's a little something to read while you're busy itching and scratching all those bites.

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Chimney Swifts Are Putting on Impressive Nightly Show in Mokena

The village building is in the older section of Mokena, and the chimney swifts have been congregating there in the fall for at least the past several years.

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This Big Fungus Find Comes in Very Small Package

Fungi can come in all shapes, colors and sizes, and while the big ones across the forest floor can be amazing to see, it's the teenie-tiny ones that can truly take your breath away.

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Wolf Spiders: Often Accused, Rarely Guilty

Wolf spiders tend to get a bad rap in autumn for invading your house as the weather cools, but they are mostly being falsely accused. 

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This Carnivorous Plant has an Appetite for Bugs

Animal-eating plants seem like an idea ripped from a Hollywood movie script – “Little Shop of Horrors,” anyone? – but carnivorous plants do exist, even right here in Will County.

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The Harvest Moon is Coming and It's Guaranteed to Mess With Your Head

When the moon rises on September 24, the "moon illusion" will be on full display.

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Five Fascinating Facts About the Monarch Super Generation

The monarchs you see at this time of the year are truly special, part of a “super generation” different than the previous three generations.

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Ghost Plant: The Albino on the Forest Floor

This unique specimen is often confused for a fungus, but it's a perennial plant that lacks chlorophyll.

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Freaky Fungus of the Week: Old Man of the Woods

When it comes to fungi that leave no mystery as to how they got their name, Old Man of the Woods definitely fits the bill.

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Rabbits, Stink Bugs are Most-Googled Wildlife Images in Illinois

While we often get the biggest reaction on social media from creepy crawlies such as colorful spiders and huge snakes, data shows you're searching for stinky and cuter forms of wildlife.

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Peak Monarch Migration is Right Around the Corner

If you enjoy the sight of colorful monarchs fluttering about, you're going to love the next few weeks.

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Freaky Fungus of the Week: Bleeding Tooth

We apologize in advance to anyone with trypophobia.

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Quiz: Are You Brilliant When it Comes to Bats?

Can you ace the quiz?

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Freaky Fungus of the Week: Dead Man's Fingers

There's no mystery how this one got its name.

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Current Headlines

Police Increase Special Olympics Fundraising Efforts in 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


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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