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Creature Feature: Coyotes, the Opportunistic Eaters

Coyotes try to remain unseen, hunting under the cover of darkness to protect themselves from being hunted.

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For First Time in Years, Red-Throated Loon Sighting Reported in Will County

It was a fairly rare treat for birders.

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Dive Into This Quiz on Birds of Prey

How much do you know about these impressive creatures are built for hunting, with sharp beaks, strong talons and spectacular flying ability?

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Why is This Canada Goose at Lake Renwick Flying Upside Down?

It's not your common, everyday occurrence.

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Creature Feature: The Tall, Bulky and Elegant Sandhill Crane

Sandhill cranes are a magnificent sight, whether flying overhead or congregating in prairies and fields, but we often realize the birds are nearby because we hear them before we see them.

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Coyotes?

See if you can ace the test.

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Creature Feature: The Elusive, Fast Flying Merlin

These birds are smaller than most falcons, known for their powerful flying and astute hunting abilities. 

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Injured Hummingbirds Bring Big Challenges for Wildlife Rehabbers

They eat constantly, fly in excess of 30 mph and weigh less than a nickel, and it's that combination which can make diagnosing and treating an injured hummingbird quite the gargantuan task. 

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Now is a Great Time to See Snakes in the Preserves

If you like limbless reptiles, you're going to love the next few weeks.

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Creature Feature: Praying Mantis is Perfectly Designed for Hunting Prey

September and October are the most common times to see these intriguing insects.

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Have You Seen Any Black Squirrels in the Preserves?

While no hard data exists, anecdotal evidence indicates this black squirrel at McKinley Woods is indeed a rare find locally.

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Chimney Swifts Are Putting on Impressive Nightly Show in Mokena

The village building is in the older section of Mokena, and the chimney swifts have been congregating there in the fall for at least the past several years.

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This Big Fungus Find Comes in Very Small Package

Fungi can come in all shapes, colors and sizes, and while the big ones across the forest floor can be amazing to see, it's the teenie-tiny ones that can truly take your breath away.

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Wolf Spiders: Often Accused, Rarely Guilty

Wolf spiders tend to get a bad rap in autumn for invading your house as the weather cools, but they are mostly being falsely accused. 

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This Carnivorous Plant has an Appetite for Bugs

Animal-eating plants seem like an idea ripped from a Hollywood movie script – “Little Shop of Horrors,” anyone? – but carnivorous plants do exist, even right here in Will County.

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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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