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Snakes in the Water? Don't Worry; They're Not After You

Learn more about the northern water snake, one of the most common water snakes in Illinois.

A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

The Monarchs Are Disappearing, But Here's How You Can Help

Monarch populations continue to plummet, but there are things you can do to help.

Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on the American Mink

Test your knowledge on these little-known creatures.

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.

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.

Quiz: Are You As Clever as a Red Fox?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

Heartbreaking Egret Photo Another Reminder of Dangers of Improperly Disposed of Fishing Line

As the weather begins to turn for the better and more people take to the preserves to fish, we have an urgent plea for everyone: Please properly dispose of your fishing line.

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.

What's The Difference?: Butterfly Vs. Moth

Is that a moth or a butterfly? Learn the clues to help you tell the difference.

The Recipe For Success With Hummingbird Feeders: Sugar and Water

Seeing hummingbirds in the wild is a true delight, and you can attact these tiny birds to your own yard by stocking hummingbirds with food made simply by mixing sugar and boiling water.

5 Fascinating Facts About Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

The ruby-throated hummingbird is among the most beloved birds in Will County, and the more you know about them the more you will love them.

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.

Creature Feature: Opossums Are Nature's Pest Control

Opossums are so ugly that they're cute, but beyond their appearances we should appreciate them for their amazing pest control abilities.

Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Closes for Nesting Season

The Lake Renwick Heron Rookery site will be closed to general access from March 1-August 15 to protect nesting birds. Visitors will be allowed only during bird-watching programs.

Creature Feature: The Crafty Killdeer

One of most common birds in North America, the killdeer has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to protecting its nest from potential threats.

Your Guide to Paddling Will County

The preserves offer excellent canoeing and kayaking opportunities on our local waterways

Biting Through Bats' Bum Rap

Despite the trepidation many people feel toward bats, they play a crucial role in the world, one that is critical to our survival.

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.

Fishing Line Killed This Robin at Monee Reservoir; It Shouldn't Have

It's a scene that plays out too often in the preserves, but it's important to raise awareness of how deadly trash being left behind can be to wildlife.

Forest Preserve Dog Parks Now Open

Changing recommendations from the CDC and state modifications to its COVID-19 response paved the way for the dog parks to reopen; but the Forest Preserve urges dog park patrons to follow all public safety advice to protect their health and the health of others.

The Best Places to Hike in Will County

Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise and there are miles of scenic trails to choose from.

Creature Feature: The Diminutive Downy Woodpecker

Downy woodpeckers are the smallest woodpecker in North America. Learn more about these birds in this creature feature.

Creature Feature: The Often-Misidentified 13-Lined Ground Squirrel

That chipmunk you see may be a 13-lined ground squirrel. Learn how to tell them apart and everything you need to know about these ground squirrels.

Greg Duffner’s Happy Place: Commuting on the Old Plank Road Trail is ‘Good for the Soul'

In the past four years alone, Greg Duffner has racked up more than 19,000 miles on his bike commuting to work and riding in charity events around the country.

A History of Stone Transforms Des Plaines River Valley

Keepataw Preserve offers breathtaking views, thanks to bluffs that were carved from mining more than 100 years ago

Study Shows Learning to Love Nature Is Not Just for Kids

Spending time outdoors is good for you, but what if you didn't grow up with a love of nature? Can you develop an appreciation for it as an adult? You can, according to a recent study.

Peak Summer Days May Bring Problem Plants

Three plants in particular that are commonly found in Illinois can cause rashes, welts or blisters.

Creature Feature: The Season-Predicting Groundhog

The groundhog becomes a celebrity each year on February 2, awakening from a months-long slumber to "predict" when winter will end. Beyond this annual ritual, most Americans know little about the groundhog.

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.

How To Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard: Native Plants Are Best

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.

Creature Feature: The Eye-Catching Belted Kingfisher

The belted kingfisher is a common bird that lives across the entire United States, and they often catch the eye and the ear with their top-heavy appearance and loud, rattling calls.

Creature Feature: American Badgers Are Digging Machines

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.

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.

Our Waterways are Drowning in Plastic

Volunteers make a difference along Rock Run Rookery shoreline

Things We Love: Those Precious Possums

Opossums deserve our love and respect because they provide many benefits, and they're pretty cute too.

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