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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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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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Midewin Announces Birth of Bison Calf

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

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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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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Squirrels Throw Up?

Squirrels and other rodents are incapable of vomiting. Why they can't is related to their anatomy and physiology.

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Creature Feature: The Crafty Killdeer

One of most common birds in North America, the killdeer has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to protecting its nest from potential threats. 

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Roly-Poly Bugs: Appreciated But Misunderstood

Roly-polies are a rare bug that draws appreciation rather than ire, but most of us don't know much about these creatures beyond that they can roll themselves up into a ball as a defense mechanism.

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Creature Feature: The Powerful Snapping Turtle

The snapping turtle isn't hunted by many animals, but it does face many risks in the wild, including being hit by cars and having their nests hunted.

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The Recipe For Success With Hummingbird Feeders: Sugar and Water

Seeing hummingbirds in the wild is a true delight, and you can attract these tiny birds to your own yard by stocking hummingbirds with food made simply by mixing sugar and boiling water. 

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5 Fun Facts About Beavers In Celebration of International Beaver Day

In recognition of International Beaver Day on Sunday, April 7, here are five facts to help you appreciate these industrious animals.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Migratory Birds Know Where To Go?

Many birds travel hundreds if not thousands of miles twice each year during their migration with no map to guide them. How do they know what route to take? 

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The Telltale Sights — And Sounds — That Woodpeckers Are Living Nearby

Woodpeckers leave both visual and auditory clues of their presence, and with a good eye and a good ear you can see and hear the signs. 

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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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