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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on Bullfrog Basics

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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These Wasps Eat Their Hosts From the Inside Out

Ichneumon wasps are scary-looking insects, but what many people think is a dangerous stinger is really used for laying eggs.

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Quiz: Are You An Ant Expert?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Gnats Swarm?

Have you ever ridden a bike through a swarm of gnats and gotten a mouth full of bugs? There's a good reason why they congregate like that.

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Creature Feature: The Boisterous Bullfrog

The American bullfrog is common in the lakes and ponds across Will County. Do you know how to identify it?

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It's Official: Study Proves Spending Time Outdoors Is Good For You

We've long known time spent in the great outdoors is good for you, but now we know exactly how much time we have to spend outside to reap the benefits. According to a study, spending two hours outside each week is good for your health and well-being.

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'Zombie Snakes' Have Gone Viral, But They Aren't Dangerous To Humans

Zombie snakes on the loose? Not really. These snakes are just playing dead to protect themselves from predators, and they pose no risk to humans.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Bees Sting?

Bees sting for a simple reason: to defend themselves from danger.

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Quiz: What's Your Luna Moth IQ?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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In Very Rare Sighting, Painted Bunting Spotted in Will County

Birders have been flocking to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington the past few days to get a glimpse of a very colorful — and extremely rare — bird for Will County.

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Rare Albino Woodchuck Spotted at Lockport Prairie

Here's something you don't see every day in a forest preserve. 

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Snap A Pic Of The Next Bumblebee You See In The Name of Science

You can contribute to bumblebee conservation efforts by snapping a photo of bumblebees you see and uploading them to Bumble Bee Watch.

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What's the Difference?: Wild Parsnip vs. Golden Alexander

Knowing the difference between wild parsnip and golden alexander could save you from a painful, burning rash.

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New Citizen Science Program: The Tick's In The Mail

You can help researchers learn more about ticks in Illinois by dropping them in the mail. 

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Creature Feature: The Lovely Luna Moth

The lovely luna moth is prized by many for its beauty. But there's more to these moths than just their outward appearance.

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Current Headlines

Forest Preserve Visitor Centers Closed Friday for Annual Employee Meeting

12/9/2019

Forest Preserve visitors centers will be closed Friday, December 13, for an annual employee meeting.

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Eagle Watch Event Expands, Features Raptor Programs

12/6/2019

'Eagle Watch 2020' on January 3 and 4 also will include guided hikes, a food truck and eagle-oriented activities at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon.

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