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What's the Difference?: Wild Parsnip vs. Golden Alexander

Knowing the difference between wild parsnip and golden alexander could save you from a painful, burning rash.

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New Citizen Science Program: The Tick's In The Mail

You can help researchers learn more about ticks in Illinois by dropping them in the mail. 

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Creature Feature: The Lovely Luna Moth

The lovely luna moth is prized by many for its beauty. But there's more to these moths than just their outward appearance.

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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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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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Midewin Announces Birth of Bison Calf

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

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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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Current Headlines

Closure Set for Joliet Iron Works

1/23/2020

Joliet Iron Works Historic Site will be closed from Friday, January 24, through Tuesday, January 28, for filming.

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Snake Photo Snatches Top Prize in 2019 Photo Contest

1/21/2020

College student Jacob Dalen of Manhattan took the winning shot at Sauk Trail Reservoir in Frankfort. 

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