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Monarchs and Día de los Muertos: How To Attract These Winged Souls to Your Yard

Monarchs are a popular symbol in the celebration of Día de los Muertos. Learn what these butterflies symbolize and how you can attract them to your yard in the upcoming "Winged Souls & Milkweed" program.

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Don't Be a Butthead; Dispose of Cigarettes Properly

Trillions of cigarettes are littered each year, creating a lasting impact for the environment. And now, with the rising popularity of e-cigarettes, litter from smoking includes both hazardous and electronic waste.

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Pelicans?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Spiders Make Silk?

Spider silk is stronger than any other fiber on Earth, but how do these eight-legged creatures make it? They are specially equipped for making silk, with glands and structures designed for just that purpose. 

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Watch Your Step: Stink Bugs Are Making Their Way Indoors

With summer-like temperatures behind us, it's the time of year when stink bugs start making their way into our homes. Resist the urge to stomp on or squish them or you'll quickly learn how these insects got their name.

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Think Twice Before Your Drop That Apple Core on the Ground; It's Still Littering

Food scraps don't decompose as fast as you might think, so leaving your apple cores and banana peels behind is bad news for many reasons.

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Creature Feature: The Beloved American White Pelican

American white pelicans make their presence known in Will County twice a year, so get to know more about these biannual visitors in our creature feature.

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Our Birds Are Disappearing; Here's How You Can Help

Our birds are disappearing at an alarming rate, but there are many simple things you can do at home to help save them.

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Green Dragon Plant: An Uncommon Plant with a Misleading Name

The name of the green dragon plant conjures up some fantastical images, but in reality you have to have quite an imagination to see the plant's resemblance to a fictitious reptile.

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Bizarre Science: Male Honeybees Blind Their Queens With Toxic Semen

Males bees, the drones, have an unusual way of showing affection for the queen – they try to blind her. It may sound bizarre, but it makes perfectly good sense.

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What's the Difference?: Sharp-shinned Hawk vs. Cooper's Hawk

Can't tell the difference between a Cooper's hawk and a sharp-shinned hawk? You're not alone. These two birds are strikingly similar in appearance, but there's a few things to look for to tell them apart.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Birds Have Feathers and Not Fur or Scales?

Birds' feathers make them unique in the animal kingdom, and those feathers help birds in many ways.

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Quiz: Are You Savvy About Queen Snakes?

Can you ace this 10-question quiz?

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Eavesdropping Is a Survival Skill for Squirrels, Study Shows

Squirrels eavesdrop on birds to help them determine if an area is safe from potential predators, according to a recent study.

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Ghost Plant: The Albino on the Forest Floor

This unique specimen is often confused for a fungus, but it's a perennial plant that lacks chlorophyll.

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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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