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Five Fascinating Facts You Probably Don't Know About Owls

Winter is the season for owls. Learn more about these mysterious and mystical creatures.

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A Band of Blue Jays? Test Your Knowledge on Terms for Groups of Animals

Dive into a shiver of sharks and other fun names we have for groups of animals. 

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Snowy Owls Have Landed in Will County

The snowy owl was seen sitting atop a utility pole in Monee.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Does Some Snow Sparkle?

Have you ever noticed that some snow is particularly sparkly or glittery? Scientists call it "snow sparkle," an effect caused by sunlight reflecting off ice crystals in the snow.

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Creature Feature: The Mysterious Mink

The mysterious mink lives across Illinois, but are not often seen by humans. 

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Nature Curiosity: Why and How Do Turtles Breathe With Their Butts?

How do turtles breathe while they are underwater all winter? By breathing through their butts, so to speak.

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Birds Are Modern-Day Dinosaurs? Believe It!

Despite what you learned in school many years ago, dinosaurs do still exist. The birds we see today are actually modern-day dinosaurs.

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Quiz: Are You A Muskrat Authority?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Have Your Christmas Lights Been Cut? Blame These Troublemakers

Almost nothing kills the holiday spirit quite like looking out your window to find that the Christmas lights you spent hours hanging outside are no longer lighting up the winter night.

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Creature Feature: The Mighty Muskrat

If you've ever caught a glimpse of a muskrat, it was probably near water. These rodents spend most of their time in and around water, feasting on aquatic plants and animals.

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What's a Turkey Wattle for Anyway?

The wattle on a turkey is its most identifiable feature, but what's it for anyway?

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What's the Difference: Gulls vs. Terns

Can you tell a gull from a tern? Here's a few quick pointers to tell them apart. 

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Quiz: What's Your Turkey Vulture IQ?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Antlers Grow So Fast?

Deer antlers seem to grow overnight, and in reality they actually do. A buck's antlers can grow a quarter inch a day, but it's a process that requires a lot of energy.

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Follow These Tips To Winterize Your Yard for Wildlife

Want to see wildlife in your yard all winter long? The key is to make it a welcoming place for them to visit. 

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Current Headlines

Summer Paddling Program Launches with New Format

7/13/2020

Paddling program participants will be required to bring their own boats, personal flotation devices and paddles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Coming Up On Facebook Live: Become a Time Traveler with Riverview Tour

7/9/2020

The Facebook Live program will feature the history of the Clow family that settled Wheatland Township in the 1800s as well as an in-depth look at the site's barn and homes. 

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