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Things We Love: Those Fiercely Protective Crappies

Spring is spawning season for crappies, which offers an opportunity to get a good look at these fish. 

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Creature Feature: The Secretive Blue-Spotted Salamander

Have you ever seen a blue-spotted salamander? Most people haven't, but they do live in Will County. Finding one is a matter of knowing where to look. 

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What's The Difference?: Fox Snake vs. Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

Is that snake you saw a dangerous eastern massasauga rattlesnake or a nonvenomous fox snake? If you saw it in Will County, it was a fox snake. The massasauga does not live in Will County. In fact, no venomous snakes do.

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Invasion Of The Jumping Worms: They're A Big Threat To Soil Quality

Invasion of the jumping worms isn't the next box-office thriller. These invasive worms are becoming widespread in Illinois, destroying the soil quality wherever they are. 

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Wins 'Tournament of Birds'

It was a long road in the 16-bird field, where there were some very close matchups and some blowouts along the way, but the No. 1-seeded ruby-throated hummingbird emerged as this year's champion in the 'Tournament of Birds.'

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5 Facts To Help You Celebrate International Beaver Day

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

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Things We Love: Those Lovely Lichens

Lichens are little known and not well understood, but they deserve our appreciation.

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Things We Love: Those Sneaky Salamanders

When it comes to salamanders, a big part of the thrill is the hunt.

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Quiz: Are You An Expert on Spring Peepers?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Brain Damage?

Woodpeckers can peck up to 12,000 times a day! So how do they do it without hurting their brains?

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How To Turn Your Yard Into A Haven For Birds

Want to attract birds to your yard? You'll need to meet their basic needs: food, shelter and water.

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Things We Love: Those Gangling Great Blue Herons

Birds in Will County come in all shapes, sizes and colors, but it doesn't get any better than spotting a great blue heron gliding over a preserve or patiently stalking its prey on the ground.

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Cabin Fever Setting In? Here Are Some Kid-Friendly Ideas To Beat The Boredom

Beat the boredom with some kid-friendly activities for indoors and outdoors. 

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Creature Feature: The Season-Announcing Spring Peeper

Soon, spring peepers will be calling out in the night, letting us know spring has arrived.

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A World Without Mosquitoes? It's Not As Great An Idea As It May Seem

A world without mosquitoes might sound nice, but removing one species from its habitat can have far-ranging and devastating consequences.

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Current Headlines

Correction: Rock Run Greenway Trail Access Areas to Open Late Wednesday

9/22/2020

Two Rock Run Preserve access areas will open late for pavement striping work on Wednesday, September 23, Paul V. Nichols and Black Road Access; the Rock Run Rookery will open at its normal time, contrary to an earlier post.

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Pollinator Hotels Abuzz with Guests Thanks to Eagle Scout Candidate

9/22/2020

Three hotels built by 14-year-old Luke Lunde of Manhattan and his Scouting crew at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville are attracting solitary bees that nest in cavities and are important pollinators. 

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