Elwood resident Jack Woodard took first place in the backyard nature photo contest; Matthew Valiga of Naperville and Maura Carlisle of Plainfield came in second and third, respectively.
Are your attempts at feeding the birds inadvertently keeping the neighborhood squirrels well fed? We're here to help.
Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.
The 2020 special event schedule features a wide variety of offerings for all ages and interests.
The Forest Preserve District's Board of Commissioners approved a $25 million capital plan at its November 14 meeting.
These sly creatures are skilled hunters and adaptable to many habitats and environments, including rural, suburban and urban areas.
The royal-sounding queen snake is common in the Great Lakes region. This snake, often seen near water, is sometimes confused with the garter snake and the northern water snake. Learn what sets it apart.
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.
The snapping turtle isn't hunted by many animals, but it does face many risks in the wild, including being hit by cars and having their nests hunted.
The dog park permit discount will be at least 20 percent and it will be applied to the purchase of 2021 passes when they go on sale November 1.
Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise and there are miles of scenic trails to choose from.
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.
There are many animal conservation success stories of species we have right here in Will County.
Learn more about the northern water snake, one of the most common water snakes in Illinois.
Many birds travel hundreds if not thousands of miles twice each year during their migration with no map to guide them. How do they know what route to take?
Keep your eyes peeled, because hummingbirds are in the area.
Most of us try to avoid bats, but creating a welcoming habitat for them may be beneficial.
Turtle hit by car in Morris lives on through surviving hatchlings that have been placed in a Blanding's turtle recovery program.
Small-scale programs will begin in June and concessions will open at Monee Reservoir, but visitors centers, dog parks, latrines and water fountains will remain closed during phase three of the state's pandemic reopening plan.
Answer these 10 questions to see if you are an osprey expert.
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.
Cellar spiders love to live in human habitats, but they're beneficial to us to.
Tiny but mighty microarthropods are tiny bugs that do a lot of good despite their small size.
With its crimson cap and stunning black and white wings, the red-headed woodpecker is a beauty among birds.
We're charting migrations this season and we're excited to see they've made their way to Illinois.
Isle a la Cache preserve, a site steeped in history, will be getting some modern upgrades in the coming months to improve visitor experiences.
We all know the saying 'busy as a beaver,' but how much do you really know about these buck-toothed rodents?
Both hummingbird feeders and wildflowers can help attract ruby-throated hummingbirds to your yard, but don't forget about including plants that host insects, another important food source for these tiny beauties.
Don't feed the animals. We hear it all the time. Yet many of us make a habit of feeding wild birds. Why are birds any different than other wildlife?
For marsupials, only adult females have pouches, and they serve an important role in the reproductive process.
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.
The green heron isn't as well known or as frequently seen as the great blue heron, but these birds are interesting in their own right.
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.
Photographing wildlife can be an adventure, but the woodchuck is an easy subject.
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.
Common grackles might seem ordinary, their name even implies it. But while these birds may be common, there is something quite special about them.