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What's the Difference?: Monarch Butterfly vs. Viceroy Butterfly

Is that orange and black butterfly floating by a monarch or a viceroy? Here's how to tell the difference.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on the High-Flying Osprey

Answer these 10 questions to see if you are an osprey expert.

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The Buzz on Cicadas: How This Summer's Insects Are Different Than Their Famous 17-Year Relatives

That buzz you hear coming from the trees in your yard is coming from cicadas, but not the type of the insect that emerges only every 17 years. These cicadas emerge every summer, alerting us to their presence with their well-known buzzing sound.

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The Shrimp Found In Illinois Waterways Aren't Like the Ones on Your Dinner Plate

Shrimp in Illinois waterways? It's true, but these aren't the kind of crustaceans you'd order in a restaurant.

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Throwback Thursday: That Time We Captured an Alligator at Lake Renwick

Just like now in Humboldt Park, 'Alligator' Bob (he never reveals his last name) was on the case at Lake Renwick along with Forest Preserve District Wildlife Biologist Glen Buckner.

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Intoxicated Man Has Uber Deliver Orphaned Bird to Rehab

Heroes come in all different stages of sobriety.

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Creature Feature: The Awesome Osprey

Osprey or eagle? Learn what sets the osprey apart from other birds of prey.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Bats Get Dizzy When Hanging Upside Down?

Hanging upside down for even a few seconds will leave anyone feeling dizzy and a little lightheaded, so how do bats do it?

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on Bullfrog Basics

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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What's the Difference?: Dragonfly vs. Damselfly

Is that big, buzzing insect a dragonfly or a damselfly? Learn how to tell the difference.

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These Wasps Eat Their Hosts From the Inside Out

Ichneumon wasps are scary-looking insects, but what many people think is a dangerous stinger is really used for laying eggs.

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Quiz: Are You An Ant Expert?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do Gnats Swarm?

Have you ever ridden a bike through a swarm of gnats and gotten a mouth full of bugs? There's a good reason why they congregate like that.

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Creature Feature: The Boisterous Bullfrog

The American bullfrog is common in the lakes and ponds across Will County. Do you know how to identify it?

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It's Official: Study Proves Spending Time Outdoors Is Good For You

We've long known time spent in the great outdoors is good for you, but now we know exactly how much time we have to spend outside to reap the benefits. According to a study, spending two hours outside each week is good for your health and well-being.

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Current Headlines

Rock Run Greenway Trail Section Closed for Joliet Sewer Project

4/3/2020

A section of the Rock Run Greenway Trail that runs parallel to Houbolt Road on the west side of Joliet will be closed until further notice as the City of Joliet works on a sewer improvement project. 

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Passport Program Celebrates Earth Day's Golden Anniversary

4/3/2020

Check out the list of programs and activities online, record your Earth-friendly activities and be entered for a chance to win prizes. 

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