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Illinois Bicentennial Passports Available at Isle a la Cache Museum

Help celebrate the state's 200th birthday this year by picking up a bicentennial passport at Isle a la Cache Museum.

Now is a Great Time to See Snakes in the Preserves

If you like limbless reptiles, you're going to love the next few weeks.

McKinley Woods' World War II Connection

At one time, McKinley Woods in Channahon was a German prisoner of war camp.

The Bats of Will County

In honor of Bat Week, get to know the eight species that call the preserves home.

It's Mating Season for Deer, Which Can Have Deadly Consequences

During this time, deer tend to move about more freely, causing an uptick in collisions with vehicles.

Vermont Cemetery Preserve closed during railroad repairs

Vermont Cemetery Preserve is closed due to railroad repairs along Wolfs Crossing Road.

Heron mural to tour four Forest Preserve locations

An 8-by-12 foot heron mural painted live in 2016 by Ryan 'ARCY' Christenson will tour four Forest Preserve sites this year.

Monarchs are Moving North and You Can Chart Their Progress

Not only are hummingbirds inching closer to Illinois, but the great monarch butterfly migration is in full swing and they're also making some incredible progress toward the area.

Chevron donates $1,000 to Forest Preserve District

Chevron Environmental Management Co. in Lockport recently donated money to the Forest Preserve District that will be used to plant trees.

Anti-Parasite Drug Could Turn Humans Into Mosquito-Killing Machines

New research shows scientists may be able to transform human blood into deadly poison for mosquitoes.

5 Ways Nature Can Keep You Healthy

A growing collection of research seems to be providing some proof of the many benefits of nature.

The Rescues Living at Plum Creek

How did all these interesting creatures find their way to the nature center? It’s an interesting story, said Bob Bryerton, an interpretive naturalist at the site.

What You Need to Know About Prescribed Burns

Many species are dependent on fire to maintain the habitat in which they live.

Midewin to Offer Bison Tours Starting in May

This spring and summer, volunteer rangers will be leading guided hikes in search of the national mammal.

The Stink on Skunks

If you – or more likely, your dog – find yourself on the receiving end of a skunk’s stinky spray, you can’t say you weren’t warned.

Romeoville Man's Heron Photo Wins July Portion of Photo Contest

The bird with a funky Elvis-like hairdo was photographed resting on a branch at McKinley Woods by Romeoville resident Mark Hanna.

Get Ready for a Spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower

This will be the best meteor shower of the year.

Squirrel invades home, and complete pandemonium breaks out

Squirrels belong outside, and this video proves that.

Aquatic Restoration Project Takes Root at Two Preserves

Two forest preserves are undergoing a multimillion-dollar transformation thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Forest Preserve District.

Quiz: Check Your Monarch Butterfly I.Q.

Show your appreciation for this butterfly’s tenacity and check your monarch I.Q. with our quiz. You may never think about this popular pollinator in the same way.

Scat-tergories: The Scoop on Poop

A closer look at what's on the ground provides clues to animal whereabouts in the preserves.

Wagon Bridge Reopens on I&M Canal Trail

Repair work to replace the Wagon Bridge's support beams is now done.

Our New Twitter Account is for the Birds

We're proud to have launched Today's Bird, a Twitter account dedicated to the amazing bird photos from across Will County.

Midewin Announces Birth of Bison Calves

The bison herd at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington just got a little larger. And cuter.

Blooming Bluebells

This showy spring ephemeral is a sought-after sight for wildflower fans

Baltimore Orioles Have Landed in Illinois

Here's another colorful sign of spring that may be popping up in your yard.

Unsavory Squirrel Steals Cookie, Attacks Police Officer

In the end, the law won the squirrel battle.

Five Fascinating Facts About Coyotes

Coyotes are incredibly smart and adaptable. But how much do you really know about these generally reclusive animals that are afraid of humans?

Quiz: Are You a Bald Eagle Expert?

Test your knowledge to see how much you really know about these amazing birds.

Steeling Joliet's Past

The ruins that remain near Columbia Street tell a story of the city's century-old melting pot.

Vermont Cemetery: From Human History to Natural History

The 37-acre preserve contains a one-acre portion of the site was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve and is the final resting place of the early settlers of Wheatland Township.

Hammel Woods: A Miller's Tale

Tucked away at the southern tip of Hammel Woods, near the small dam across the DuPage River, is Grinton Grove, the site that William Grinton built a flour mill in 1845. The small settlement that arose around it was the origin of today’s Village of Shorewood.

Animals Drinking Water is the Best Thing on the Internet This Week

A GoPro, a bucket of water and a parade of thirsty animals in the Texas desert is truly mesmerizing.

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