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Leaves of Three, Let It Be: How To Avoid Poison Ivy and Its Itchy Rash

"Leaves of three, let it be" is a good rule of thumb, but knowing more about poison ivy may help you avoid an itchy rash. 

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Creature Feature: The Royal-Sounding Queen Snake

The royal-sounding queen snake is common in the Great Lakes region. This snake, often seen near water, is sometimes confused with the garter snake and the northern water snake. Learn what sets it apart. 

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Flocks of Birds Coordinate?

Birds flying in formation can be an awe-inspiring feat of nature, but how do the birds do it? And why?

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Quiz: What's Your Red-tailed Hawk IQ?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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The Sounds of the Night: Insects Create a Nocturnal Chorus

If you listen closely at night, you'll hear a chorus of insects. Cicadas, crickets and katydids all combine to create a symphony of sound. 

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A Death Trap for Wildlife: Improperly Disposed of Fishing Line

Fishing line seems like an innocuous tool, but in reality it's a death trap for untold numbers of wildlife.

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Rare White Cardinal Caught on Camera in New Lenox

Here's something you don't see every day.

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Creature Feature: The Loud and Imposing Red-Tailed Hawk

That hawk soaring overhead or perched atop a light pole is probably a red-tailed hawk. Learn more about these high-flying birds.

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Don't Feed Ducks and Geese Bread; You're Making Them Sick

Next time you're at a local pond, resist the urge to feed the ducks and geese. They don't need our help, and we are actually making them sick.

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What's the Difference?: Centipede vs. Millipede

Is that creepy crawly covered in legs a centipede or a millipede? Here's how to tell. 

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Quiz: Are You A Water Snake Expert?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: Do Animals Get Sunburned?

If you've ever spent a long day in the sun with no sunscreen, you've probably paid the price in the form of a bad sunburn. But are animals at risk for painful sunburns too? 

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Snakes in the Water? Don't Worry; They're Not After You

Learn more about the northern water snake, one of the most common water snakes in Illinois.

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A Plant That Does What It's Told? Obedient Plant Isn't Just a Misnomer

A plant that does what it's told? The name obedient plant may seem like a misnomer, but the flowers of this plant can be turned in any direction and will stay in place once moved, hence the name.

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Here's How To Create A Healthy Bat Habitat in Your Yard — And Why You Should

Most of us try to avoid bats, but creating a welcoming habitat for them may be beneficial. 

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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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