Monarch populations continue to plummet, but there are things you can do to help.
What does it mean when the grass is wet and dewy in the morning? Can it tell you anything about the weather to come?
The 320-acre Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve was acquired in 2011 and 2015. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.
Next time you're at a local pond, resist the urge to feed the ducks and geese. They don't need our help, and we are actually making them sick.
The exhibit explores the challenges, including negative stereotypes, faced by Native peoples in North America in the past and today and the best way to move forward.
11/15/2020: Start the day off right with some self-care, beautiful nature and quiet reflection.
Take this quick quiz to test your knowledge of these amazing birds.
Opossums are often depicted in cartoons as hanging upside down by their tails, but they aren't really able to do it for any length of time.
If you've spent any time in the preserves, you've probably seen a great blue heron hanging out and doing its thing. But there's another heron that's made an appearance in town, giving birders a rare treat.
The 430-acre Laughton Preserve was acquired between 1931 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.
Coyotes are incredibly smart and adaptable. But how much do you really know about these generally reclusive animals that are afraid of humans?
Isle a la Cache Museum immerses visitors in our cultural heritage and natural history. The museum transports visitors back to the 18th century, when "Illinois Country" was home to the fur trade.
How do beavers stay under water for so long? Their bodies are specially designed for it.
11/14/2020: Celebrate Dino-vember by exploring the incredible fossils that can be found in Illinois.
No matter what the weather is like, woodpeckers seem to be active and are a special treat for bird-watchers.
The Forest Preserve offers three equestrian trails, which are comprised of limestone screenings and provide miles of horseback riding opportunities.
The DuPage River Trail is a work in progress through a partnership between the Forest Preserve District and 12 other agencies. The trail is planned to travel 40 miles from Channahon north into DuPage County.
The 242-acre Sauk Trail Reservoir was acquired between 1976 and 1978. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.
The Forest Preserve is preparing for winter, which means boating ends November 1 and drinking fountains are being turned off.
Hanging upside down for even a few seconds will leave anyone feeling dizzy and a little lightheaded, so how do bats do it?
12/30/2020: Learn about the owls that call Illinois home and then head out on a hike to see if we can hear them in action.
The Hickory Creek Bikeway consists of two segments within Hickory Creek Preserve, totaling 5.93 miles.
The American badger isn't as well-known as many of the other mammals that call Will County home, but these fascinating creatures are exceptional diggers that are known to work alongside coyotes to hunt.
Are you a trash panda expert? Or is your knowledge total garbage?
Spring wildflowers are beautiful but fleeting. Keep your eyes trained to the ground when out for a walk to see if you can spot bloodroot, a fascinating ephemeral.
Most of us try to avoid bats, but creating a welcoming habitat for them may be beneficial.
This is easily the cutest thing you'll see today: A playful coyote waiting for its badger buddy before continuing on its way through a wildlife crossing under a highway in California.
The 726-acre Hadley Valley was acquired between 2000 and 2014. The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acres.
When it comes to animal poop, it's not all the same. Dog poop can be harmful to the environment if left behind, but that's not true of wildlife waste. That's why it's important to always pick up after your dog, no matter where you are.
The Turtle Lake access is one of three at the the 839-acre Lake Renwick Preserve, which was acquired between 1989 and 2010.
These sly creatures are skilled hunters and adaptable to many habitats and environments, including rural, suburban and urban areas.
While no hard data exists, anecdotal evidence indicates this black squirrel at McKinley Woods is indeed a rare find locally.
It's not your common, everyday occurrence.
Sign up for hikes to see fall colors, spiders, fungi, pelicans and rare species or just walk in the woods with your pup or family members to soak up the splendor of autumn.
12/10/2020: Find out what birds have been seen in the preserves recently and what to look for to find them.
Toads and frogs can give you warts? Think again. Warts are caused by a human virus, and you won't get them from handling an animal.