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Birds Are Modern-Day Dinosaurs? Believe It!

Despite what you learned in school many years ago, dinosaurs do still exist. The birds we see today are actually modern-day dinosaurs.

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Quiz: Are You A Muskrat Authority?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Have Your Christmas Lights Been Cut? Blame These Troublemakers

Almost nothing kills the holiday spirit quite like looking out your window to find that the Christmas lights you spent hours hanging outside are no longer lighting up the winter night.

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Creature Feature: The Mighty Muskrat

If you've ever caught a glimpse of a muskrat, it was probably near water. These rodents spend most of their time in and around water, feasting on aquatic plants and animals.

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What's a Turkey Wattle for Anyway?

The wattle on a turkey is its most identifiable feature, but what's it for anyway?

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What's the Difference: Gulls vs. Terns

Can you tell a gull from a tern? Here's a few quick pointers to tell them apart. 

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Quiz: What's Your Turkey Vulture IQ?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Antlers Grow So Fast?

Deer antlers seem to grow overnight, and in reality they actually do. A buck's antlers can grow a quarter inch a day, but it's a process that requires a lot of energy.

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Follow These Tips To Winterize Your Yard for Wildlife

Want to see wildlife in your yard all winter long? The key is to make it a welcoming place for them to visit. 

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Quiz: Can You ID These Birds?

Put your birding knowledge to the test with this 15-question quiz.

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Five Things You Probably Don't Know About Bald Eagles

From eagle eyes to Benjamin Franklin, dive into these offbeat facts.

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Creature Feature: Turkey Vultures Do Nature's Dirty Work

Turkey vultures are raptors just like eagles and hawks, but there are a few things that set them apart.

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Quiz: Are You an Authority on Raccoons?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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What's the Difference: Chipmunk vs. Ground Squirrel

Is that a chipmunk or a ground squirrel scurrying around your yard in preparation for winter? Learn how to tell the difference between these two similar-looking rodents.

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Creature Feature: The Crafty Raccoon

Loved or reviled, the raccoon is one of the most common mammals 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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