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Creature Feature: Nature's Lumberjack, the Beaver

Beavers' ability to build structures is one of the most significant in the animal kingdom and these animals are second only to humans in their ability to change the environment they live in.

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CDC Warns of Self-Cloning, Disease-Carrying Tick That Can Cause 'Massive Infestations'

The cold weather may be here and with that comes some bug-free outdoor excursions, but a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sounding the alarm for next year in regard to an exotic, self-cloning tick that's invading the United States.

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Your Christmas Tree Could Have Up to 25,000 Bugs On It

If you don't take precautions, it could be the gift that keeps on giving.

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Wardens Rescue Window Breaking, Basement Trashing, Pool Table Dancing Deer

Animal encounters come in all shapes and sizes, but this is the incredible tale of a basement, a deer that’s run amok and two conservation officers who engaged in an epic tag-team wrestling match to subdue it.

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Creature Feature: The Big, Colorful Wild Turkey

Most of us think of turkey as the star of the Thanksgiving table, but these birds live among us too, right in our own forests and prairies. 

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Quiz: How Sharp Are You When it Comes to Sandhill Cranes?

It's that time of year when you'll likely hear sandhill cranes overhead, and possibly see them. But do you know anything about them?

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Creature Feature: The Predatory Great Horned Owl

The great horned owl is most well known from storybooks and folklore, because it is the owl that makes the famous hooting call.  

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Rabid Raccoons? Nope ... Police Say They're Just Drunk Raccoons

Dealing with drunk, disorderly and sometimes wild creatures of the night is nothing new for police, but in this case, authorities in a West Virginia town weren't handling a pedestrian disturbance.

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Creature Feature: Coyotes, the Opportunistic Eaters

Coyotes try to remain unseen, hunting under the cover of darkness to protect themselves from being hunted.

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For First Time in Years, Red-Throated Loon Sighting Reported in Will County

It was a fairly rare treat for birders.

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Dive Into This Quiz on Birds of Prey

How much do you know about these impressive creatures are built for hunting, with sharp beaks, strong talons and spectacular flying ability?

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Why is This Canada Goose at Lake Renwick Flying Upside Down?

It's not your common, everyday occurrence.

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Creature Feature: The Tall, Bulky and Elegant Sandhill Crane

Sandhill cranes are a magnificent sight, whether flying overhead or congregating in prairies and fields, but we often realize the birds are nearby because we hear them before we see them.

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Coyotes?

See if you can ace the test.

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Creature Feature: The Elusive, Fast Flying Merlin

These birds are smaller than most falcons, known for their powerful flying and astute hunting abilities. 

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Current Headlines

Volunteers Sought for Summer Workdays

6/14/2019

Sign up for a summer workday to help keep the preserves free of invasive species and hospitable for native flora and fauna.

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Foundation's $10,000 Donation Funds Pollinator Garden

6/14/2019

The garden, which is already growing and was unveiled during the recent "Island Rendezvous," will benefit monarch butterflies and other pollinators. 

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