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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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The Plight of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

The rusty patched bumble bee is the first bee in the continental United States to be listed as endangered. Here's why that's important.

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How To Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard: Native Plants Are Best

Both hummingbird feeders and wildflowers can help attract ruby-throated hummingbirds to your yard, but don't forget about including plants that host insects, another important food source for these tiny beauties.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on the Crafty Killdeer

Can you ace these 10 questions?

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Migration Watch: Monarchs Have Landed in Will County

We've been charting many different migrations this season, announcing when a variety of species have landed in Will County, and we now can add monarch butterflies to the list.

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Ducks Know What They're Doing; Leave Their Nests Alone

That duck nest you think is in a bad spot probably isn't. The duck knew what she was doing when she built it, and moving it will cause more harm than good.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Learn To Fly?

Birds don't hatch knowing how to fly. Much like babies learning to walk, learning to fly is a process for baby birds, one that often involves a lot of trial and error.

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Quiz: Are You Savvy About Snapping Turtles?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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In Honor of Arbor Day, 5 Mind-Blowing Facts About Trees

In honor of Arbor Day, here's a look at some of the many reasons we should appreciate trees.

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Midewin Announces Birth of Bison Calf

The bison herd in Wilmington just got a little larger. And cuter.

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Current Headlines

Forest Preserve Chips in to Help Celebrate National Bison Day


Bison Crawl programs are scheduled at Sugar Creek Preserve, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and a variety of other sites throughout Illinois.

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Boom Mower Work Taking Place Along Wauponsee Glacial Trail


Trail users should use caution as the powerful boom mower trims back shrubbery from the sides of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail.

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