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2020 Will Start With Some Stellar Sky-Watching

What to watch for in the night sky this month.

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What's The Difference: Trumpeter Swan vs. Tundra Swan vs. Mute Swan

Three types of swans populate our waterways, but these white birds can be hard to tell apart from one another. Learn what features can help you distinguish between trumpeter swans, tundra swans and mute swans.

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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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Current Headlines

Correction: Rock Run Greenway Trail Access Areas to Open Late Wednesday

9/22/2020

Two Rock Run Preserve access areas will open late for pavement striping work on Wednesday, September 23, Paul V. Nichols and Black Road Access; the Rock Run Rookery will open at its normal time, contrary to an earlier post.

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Pollinator Hotels Abuzz with Guests Thanks to Eagle Scout Candidate

9/22/2020

Three hotels built by 14-year-old Luke Lunde of Manhattan and his Scouting crew at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville are attracting solitary bees that nest in cavities and are important pollinators. 

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