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Creature Feature: Opossums Are Nature's Pest Control

Opossums are so ugly that they're cute, but beyond their appearances we should appreciate them for their amazing pest control abilities. 

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Survive With Broken Beaks?

Can a bird survive with a broken beak? It often depends on where the injury is and how severe it is, as well as whether the bird can still eat.

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Being Near Green Spaces During Childhood Is Good For Mental Health Later In Life, Study Says

Study after study has shown that spending time in the great outdoors is good for you. But according to a new study, simply being raised near green spaces can reduce your risk of developing certain mental illnesses as an adult.

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Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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Quiz: Are You a Red-Headed Woodpecker Whiz?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Skip the Stink: How to Keep Stink Bugs at Bay

Winter is stink bug season, at least indoors. If you are finding these bugs around your house, don't squish them or step on them unless you're prepared for their noxious odor. Instead, your best bet is to prevent them from getting inside your house in the first place.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Deer Stay Warm in Winter?

Deer can't escape the cold during a long, harsh winter, so how do they survive? They rely on a combination of adaptations and behavioral changes to make it through the cold winter months.

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Study Shows Learning to Love Nature Is Not Just for Kids

Spending time outdoors is good for you, but what if you didn't grow up with a love of nature? Can you develop an appreciation for it as an adult? You can, according to a recent study.

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Creature Feature: The Striking Red-headed Woodpecker

With its crimson cap and stunning black and white wings, the red-headed woodpecker is a beauty among birds.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Animals See in the Dark?

Each night as darkness falls, we begin to wind down our day, eventually settling in for sleep. For many animals, however, these same cues that signal the end of our day mean it’s time to start theirs.

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A Slide Through History: Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

Only ruins remain of the Joliet Iron Works, but thanks to a historic aerial photo, we can see the heart and soul of the steel mill prior to it being dismantled.

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You're Probably Using Too Much Salt to Deice Your Driveway

With ice in the forecast, it's time to get our window scrapers and salt supplies ready once again. Before throwing salt all over your driveway and sidewalks, make sure you know how it works and how to use it properly so it doesn't harm the environment. 

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Romance In The Forest? Trail Cam Appears to Catch Deer, Raccoon Kissing

A trail cam in North Carolina captured an image of what looks like a deer and a raccoon sharing a kiss, leaving scientists a bit perplexed.

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That Bites: Winter No Break From Tick Checks After Time Outdoors

Winter weather isn't a guarantee that ticks don't pose a threat to you or your pets. If the temperature is above freezing and the ground isn't frozen, some ticks are still active, which means they can still spread tick-borne illnesses.

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Current Headlines

Order a 2020 Canine Calendar Today to Benefit Homeless Pets in Will County

8/19/2019

Calendars filled with photogenic pups who frequent the Forest Preserve's dog parks will be delivered in time for the holidays, and each calendar sold will generate $10 for the Will County Humane Society.

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Plum Creek Greenway Trail Addition Opens in Crete Township

8/16/2019

The 1-mile trail section extends south from Plum Valley Preserve – Burville Road Access, which includes a dog park and a picnic pavilion. 

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