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5 Fun Facts About Beavers In Celebration of International Beaver Day

In recognition of International Beaver Day on Sunday, April 7, here are five facts to help you appreciate these industrious animals.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Migratory Birds Know Where To Go?

Many birds travel hundreds if not thousands of miles twice each year during their migration with no map to guide them. How do they know what route to take? 

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The Telltale Sights — And Sounds — That Woodpeckers Are Living Nearby

Woodpeckers leave both visual and auditory clues of their presence, and with a good eye and a good ear you can see and hear the signs. 

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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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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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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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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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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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Closure Set for Joliet Iron Works


Joliet Iron Works Historic Site will be closed from Friday, January 24, through Tuesday, January 28, for filming.

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Snake Photo Snatches Top Prize in 2019 Photo Contest


College student Jacob Dalen of Manhattan took the winning shot at Sauk Trail Reservoir in Frankfort. 

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