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‘Woods Walk’ Hiking Challenge Has Begun

Join the self-paced challenge by completing seven of 10 designated trails to earn a collector's medal for your hat, backpack or walking stick.

Bridge Photo Carries New Lenox Man to Photo Contest Win

Paul Wenger is the third monthly winner so far this year, with five more months to go before all eight finalists compete for top Preserve the Moment contest honors in January 2021.

Frog on a Log Leaps over May's Photo Competition

The 2020 Preserve the Moment contest kicked off with more than 100 stunning photo entries taken in Will County forest preserves; seven more monthly winners will be chosen until the contest concludes December 31.

A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

2020 Preserve the Moment Photo Contest Underway

The Forest Preserve's Preserve the Moment photo contest begins May 1, but all participants are being urged to stay safe while snapping pics of nature in Will County preserves.

Hungry Heron Devours Photo Contest Competition

A Forest Preserve news story about a rare bird sighting at Whalon Lake helped Lockport resident Matthew Serafini win September's portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest. Serafini headed to the Naperville preserve with a friend and snapped the winning picture of a yellow-crowned night heron

Our Birds Are Disappearing; Here's How You Can Help

Our birds are disappearing at an alarming rate, but there are many simple things you can do at home to help save the birds.

Myth Buster: Moss Doesn't Only Grow On The North Side of Trees

If you rely on the myth that moss only grows on the north side of trees to guide you through a forest, you're likely to get lost.

Strike a Pose: Praying Mantis Close-Up Captures Photo Contest Win

Naperville resident Bertrand Leclercq is the fourth monthly winner in the contest, which continues through December 31. Overall contest winners will be chosen from among eight monthly finalists in January 2021.

This Interactive Map Helps Guide You to This Season's Fall Colors

If you're counting down the days to a colorful canopy, this map is just for you.

Creature Feature: The Agile Gray Squirrel

Do you know what kind of squirrel is taking up residence in your yard? Learn more about eastern gray squirrels and how to differentiate them from other squirrels that live in Illinois.

Skip The Sunbathing This Summer And Give Forest Bathing A Try Instead

Instead of sunbathing this summer, give forest bathing a try. All you need is a little free time and access to a forested or tree-covered spot.

Retired Carpenter Nails Perfect Shot for June Photo Contest Win

Jon Flodstrom of Frankfort said he timed it just right to get within a foot of a widow skimmer perched near a Hickory Creek Preserve pond to snap the winning photo.

Hey Anglers, Don't Dump Your Unused Bait. It Can Ruin Our Waterways

Dumping unused bait in the water seems like an innocent way to end a fishing trip, but it is detrimental to the health of our waterways.

The Telltale Sights — And Sounds — That Woodpeckers Are Living Nearby

Woodpeckers leave both visual and auditory clues of their presence, and with a good eye and a good ear you can see and hear the signs.

Fall Colors, Fungus Could Be Your Ticket To Becoming Photo Contest Finalist

Time is of the essence if you want to enter the October portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest, not only because of the monthly deadline, but also because we're entering peak fall color throughout the preserves

Monogamy Over Migration

Lovebird sandhill cranes along the Old Plank Road Trail weather winter together.

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.

Hummingbirds Have Already Started Migrating, But Don't Pack Away Your Feeders Yet

Ruby-throated hummingbirds migrate in waves, and some have already departed for their wintering grounds. But we'll continue to see the birds in Will County for weeks still, so keep filling your feeders.

Pollinator Hotels Abuzz with Guests Thanks to Eagle Scout Candidate

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

Board Takes Action That Will Lead to Hammel Woods Dam Removal

The project, which will improve the health and safety of the DuPage River, has been in the planning stages since spring 2019. Once the work begins, it will take about a month to remove the dam and create oxygenating 'riffles' with natural river stones and a new canoe/kayak launch downstream.

Things We Love: Those Gangling Great Blue Herons

Birds in Will County come in all shapes, sizes and colors, but it doesn't get any better than spotting a great blue heron gliding over a preserve or patiently stalking its prey on the ground.

Quiz: Can You ID These Birds?

Put your birding knowledge to the test with this 15-question quiz.

Isle a la Cache Improvements Underway

Isle a la Cache preserve, a site steeped in history, will be getting some modern upgrades in the coming months to improve visitor experiences.

Coming in 2020: Pelican Watch, Food Truck Fridays, Zombies, and More

The 2020 special event schedule features a wide variety of offerings for all ages and interests.

Creature Feature: The Striking Red-headed Woodpecker

With its crimson cap and stunning black and white wings, the red-headed woodpecker is a beauty among birds.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Pelicans?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

What's the Difference: Chipmunk vs. Ground Squirrel

Is that a chipmunk or a ground squirrel scurrying around your yard in preparation for winter? Learn how to tell the difference between these two similar-looking rodents.

Creature Feature: The Gangly and Graceful Great Blue Heron

With their long legs and necks and striking plumage, great blue herons somehow manage to be both gangly and graceful all at once. These birds are commonly seen throughout Will County, particularly near water.

Dog Park Calendar Raises Nearly $6,000 For Humane Society

The Forest Preserve's 2020 dog park calendar highlighted pups that visit the District's dog parks and animals rescued by the Humane Society, which is Will County's oldest no-kill shelter.

Coronavirus-Related Compensation Approved for Dog Park Permit Holders

The dog park permit discount will be 25 percent and it will be applied to the purchase of 2021 passes when they go on sale November 1.

Myth Buster: Bats Aren't Blind

Bats aren't blind — some can even see better than you — but they also don't need to rely on their vision to navigate in flight because they use echolocation.

Creature Feature: The Beloved American White Pelican

American white pelicans make their presence known in Will County twice a year, so get to know more about these biannual visitors in our creature feature.

Quiz: Test Your Pelican Proficiency

They are magnificent birds, traveling and foraging in large flocks making them nearly impossible to miss.

Beyond the Rules: A Guide to Dog Park Etiquette

As off-leash play areas for canines become more popular, it's important to know the do's and don'ts of a successful trip to a dog park.

Your Guide to Spring Snake Spotting

As temperatures increase, so can sightings of these reptiles out in the preserves

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