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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Coyotes Howl?

The sound of a coyote howling in the night is enough to stop people in their tracks, but have you ever stopped to think about what they are saying?

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Quiz: What's Your Groundhog IQ?

Get ready for Groundhog Day by testing your knowledge on Punxsutawney Phil and his friends.

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Survival Stories: How Animals Endure Winter's Worst Weather

We've had days to prepare for this subzero weather, but animals aren't so fortunate. Instead, they are either built to withstand what winter has to offer or know to avoid it altogether.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Does Some Snow Sparkle?

Did you notice this weekend's snow was especially glittery? Scientists call it "snow sparkle," an effect caused by sunlight reflecting off ice crystals in the snow.

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A Trick Of Nature: Blue Jays Aren't Really Blue

It might shock you to learn blue jays aren't actually blue. Instead, we just perceive them to be blue because of how light passes through the birds' feathers. 

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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Birds' Feet Freeze?

Ever shiver at the sight of birds on the ice in the dead of winter? No need to worry. Geese and other waterfowl are built to withstand these harsh conditions.

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Creature Feature: The Season-Predicting Groundhog

The groundhog becomes a celebrity each year on February 2, awakening from a months-long slumber to "predict" when winter will end. Beyond this annual ritual, most Americans know little about the groundhog. 

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Quiz: Are You As Clever as a Red Fox?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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A Slide Through History: Rock Run Rookery Preserve

In its former life, the preserve now known as Rock Run Rookery used to be much less spectacular.

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Nightmare Scenario: One Snake, 511 Ticks

Nature isn't always pretty.

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Creature Feature: The Cunning and Clever Red Fox

These sly creatures are skilled hunters and adaptable to many habitats and environments, including rural, suburban and urban areas.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Owls Turn Their Heads So Far?

While it’s a common misconception that owls can turn their heads 360 degrees, they still can perform some pretty dramatic feats when it comes to checking out their environment

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Five Things You Probably Don't Know About Bald Eagles

From eagle eyes to Benjamin Franklin, dive into these offbeat facts.

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In Extremely Rare Sighting, Coastal Bird Turns Up at Whalon Lake

A black-legged kittiwake, whose range is the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, has been putting on a show for birders at Whalon Lake in Naperville.

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Quiz: How Savvy Are You About Snowy Owls?

Take this quiz to see how much you know about this treasured species.

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Current Headlines

Order a 2020 Canine Calendar Today to Benefit Homeless Pets in Will County

8/19/2019

Calendars filled with photogenic pups who frequent the Forest Preserve's dog parks will be delivered in time for the holidays, and each calendar sold will generate $10 for the Will County Humane Society.

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Plum Creek Greenway Trail Addition Opens in Crete Township

8/16/2019

The 1-mile trail section extends south from Plum Valley Preserve – Burville Road Access, which includes a dog park and a picnic pavilion. 

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