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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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Migration Watch: Hummingbirds Have Landed in Will County

It's an exciting time of year as we look forward to the many signs of spring.

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How To Keep The Mosquitoes At Bay This Season

From herb gardens to bug repellents to Skrillex music, here's a primer to keep mosquitoes at bay.

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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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Nature Curiosity: What Happens to the Animals During a Prescribed Burn?

The animals may seem most vulnerable to the flames in a prescribed burn, but the burns are planned in a way to minimize danger.

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Watch This Bison Do a 'Happy Dance' on the First Day of Spring

This bison probably has better moves than you.

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Creature Feature: The Gangly and Graceful Great Blue Heron

With their long legs and necks and striking plumage, great blue herons somehow manage to be both gangly and graceful all at once. These birds are commonly seen throughout Will County, particularly near water.

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Quiz: Are You an Expert on Opossums?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Don't Miss the Final Supermoon of 2019

Not only does Wednesday mark the official start of spring, but it's also a night where you'll want to turn your eyes to the sky as long as Mother Nature cooperates with clear weather.

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Current Headlines

Forest Preserve Chips in to Help Celebrate National Bison Day

10/17/2019

Bison Crawl programs are scheduled at Sugar Creek Preserve, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and a variety of other sites throughout Illinois.

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Boom Mower Work Taking Place Along Wauponsee Glacial Trail

10/9/2019

Trail users should use caution as the powerful boom mower trims back shrubbery from the sides of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail.

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