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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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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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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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Quiz: Are You an Expert on Opossums?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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What's the Difference?: Downy Woodpeckers vs. Hairy Woodpeckers

Can you tell the difference between a downy woodpecker and a hairy woodpecker? Here are a few clues to help distinguish these two look-alikes from one another.

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Why is This Great Horned Owl White?

White birds are fairly common in the wild, with some swans, egrets, gulls and even owls known for their snow-colored plumage. But what about white birds that should be a distinctly different color, such as a white cardinal, hawk or great horned owl?

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It's a Bald Eagle Bonanza at Rock Run Rookery

While Starved Rock State Park in Utica is often a go-to spot for those fascinated by America's bird, Rock Run Rookery Preserve has been providing more than a suitable alternative closer to home.

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Some Squirrels Are Lucky Enough To Inherit A Fortune in Food Stores, Study Shows

According to a recent study, red squirrels can inherit wealth just like humans. But for the squirrels, inherited wealth comes in the form of food stores of squirrels that have died. 

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Quiz: Are You Wise About Woodcocks?

Test your knowledge with these 10 questions.

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Creature Feature: Opossums Are Nature's Pest Control

Opossums are so ugly that they're cute, but beyond their appearances we should appreciate them for their amazing pest control abilities. 

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Survive With Broken Beaks?

Can a bird survive with a broken beak? It often depends on where the injury is and how severe it is, as well as whether the bird can still eat.

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Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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Quiz: Are You a Red-Headed Woodpecker Whiz?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Deer Stay Warm in Winter?

Deer can't escape the cold during a long, harsh winter, so how do they survive? They rely on a combination of adaptations and behavioral changes to make it through the cold winter months.

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Current Headlines

Forest Preserve Visitor Centers Closed Friday for Annual Employee Meeting

12/9/2019

Forest Preserve visitors centers will be closed Friday, December 13, for an annual employee meeting.

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Eagle Watch Event Expands, Features Raptor Programs

12/6/2019

'Eagle Watch 2020' on January 3 and 4 also will include guided hikes, a food truck and eagle-oriented activities at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon.

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