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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Badgers?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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This Dead Great Blue Heron Is Hanging From A Tree Due To Human Carelessness

The photo isn't easy to look at, but it's important to share it to raise awareness of how deadly the trash being left behind in the preserves can be to wildlife.

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What's the Difference?: Reptile vs. Amphibian

Is a snake a reptile or an amphibian? How about a frog? These two classes of animals have some similarities, but some key characteristics also set them apart. 

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Rare White Opossum Spotted in Wilmington

With scores of wildlife to be spotted around Will County, you never quite know what you'll spot in the great outdoors. 

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Pesticides Causing Brain Damage in Baby Bumblebees, Study Shows

Climate change and habitat loss aren't the only factors affecting the bee population. A new study shows the use of pesticides called neonicotinoids can cause permanent brain damage in baby bumblebees. 

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Nature Curiosity: Why Is Ice So Slippery?

Icy is slippery; it's one of those things people just know to be true, like water being wet. But the science behind this fact has only recently become well understood. 

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Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Venus In March's Night Sky

March includes the much-heralded start of spring, along with a supermoon and a great opportunity to see Venus in the night sky.

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Myth Buster: Moss Doesn't Only Grow On The North Side of Trees

If you rely on the myth that moss only grows on the north side of trees to guide you through a forest, you're likely to get lost. 

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Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

The 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: American Badgers Are Digging Machines

The American badger isn't as well-known as many of the other mammals that call Will County home, but these fascinating creatures are exceptional diggers that are known to work alongside coyotes to hunt. 

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Quiz: Are You A Downy Woodpecker Whiz?

Can you ace this 10-question quiz?

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Don't Feed The Wildlife? What About The Birds?

Don't feed the animals. We hear it all the time. Yet many of us make a habit of feeding wild birds. Why are birds any different than other wildlife?

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Marsupials Have Pouches?

For marsupials, only adult females have pouches, and they serve an important role in the reproductive process. 

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What's The Difference?: Woods vs. Forest

A walk in the woods or a walk in the forest? Is there even a difference?

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Creature Feature: The Diminutive Downy Woodpecker

Downy woodpeckers are the smallest woodpecker in North America. Learn more about these birds in this creature feature.

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Current Headlines

Correction: Rock Run Greenway Trail Access Areas to Open Late Wednesday

9/22/2020

Two Rock Run Preserve access areas will open late for pavement striping work on Wednesday, September 23, Paul V. Nichols and Black Road Access; the Rock Run Rookery will open at its normal time, contrary to an earlier post.

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Pollinator Hotels Abuzz with Guests Thanks to Eagle Scout Candidate

9/22/2020

Three hotels built by 14-year-old Luke Lunde of Manhattan and his Scouting crew at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville are attracting solitary bees that nest in cavities and are important pollinators. 

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