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You're Probably Using Too Much Salt to Deice Your Driveway

With ice in the forecast, it's time to get our window scrapers and salt supplies ready once again. Before throwing salt all over your driveway and sidewalks, make sure you know how it works and how to use it properly so it doesn't harm the environment. 

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Romance In The Forest? Trail Cam Appears to Catch Deer, Raccoon Kissing

A trail cam in North Carolina captured an image of what looks like a deer and a raccoon sharing a kiss, leaving scientists a bit perplexed.

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That Bites: Winter No Break From Tick Checks After Time Outdoors

Winter weather isn't a guarantee that ticks don't pose a threat to you or your pets. If the temperature is above freezing and the ground isn't frozen, some ticks are still active, which means they can still spread tick-borne illnesses.

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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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Current Headlines

Forest Preserve Chips in to Help Celebrate National Bison Day

10/17/2019

Bison Crawl programs are scheduled at Sugar Creek Preserve, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and a variety of other sites throughout Illinois.

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Boom Mower Work Taking Place Along Wauponsee Glacial Trail

10/9/2019

Trail users should use caution as the powerful boom mower trims back shrubbery from the sides of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail.

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