A closer look at what's on the ground provides clues to animal whereabouts in the preserves.
We're proud to have launched Today's Bird, a Twitter account dedicated to the amazing bird photos from across Will County.
The bison herd at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington just got a little larger. And cuter.
This showy spring ephemeral is a sought-after sight for wildflower fans
Here's another colorful sign of spring that may be popping up in your yard.
Called 'great blue' because of its unique size and blue-gray feathers, the great blue heron is also one of the most highly adaptable creatures of its species.
In the end, the law won the squirrel battle.
Coyotes are incredibly smart and adaptable. But how much do you really know about these generally reclusive animals that are afraid of humans?
Test your knowledge to see how much you really know about these amazing birds.
The ruins that remain near Columbia Street tell a story of the city's century-old melting pot.
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.
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.
A GoPro, a bucket of water and a parade of thirsty animals in the Texas desert is truly mesmerizing.
From wet raccoons to colorful flowers and a pod of pelicans, there was plenty to see and photograph in the preserves.
They took to it like a duck to water, naturally.
Simply put, chipmunks can be pigs.
The District has repurposed abandoned rail lines to recreational trails
Once extinct in Illinois, wild turkeys can now be found in every county.
The hatchling fossil is the most complete fossil ever found in Myanmar amber, with its head, wings, skin, feathers and a clawed foot clearly visible to the naked eye.
The slither. They climb. They freak people out. But don't worry, the locals are harmless.
It's an incredibly majestic and incredibly rare piece of video, courtesy of some hikers in a canyon in Lake Powell between Arizona and Utah.
A team of Forest Preserve employees will hit the trails this summer and fall to gather valuable information for trail users.
Bald eagles are some of most beautiful birds you'll see — and thankfully still can — now that they've bounced back after conservation efforts helped them come back from the brink of extinction.
When it comes to the preserves, it's often a connection to the past.
Snowy owls are a prized find among bird-watchers, because the beautiful birds are a sight to behold set against a wintry backdrop.
Take this quiz to see how much you know about this treasured species.
One thing is clear: Everyone loves wildlife shots.
His start as a volunteer with the Forest Preserve comes with an interesting backstory involving an alligator.
They are magnificent birds, traveling and foraging in large flocks making them nearly impossible to miss.
It's apparently the season for animals getting themselves in all sorts of uncomfortable situations.
Red-winged blackbirds have a bad reputation ... but they're not alone when it comes to birds doing whatever it takes to make sure everyone knows where they stand in the pecking order of nature.
Adding volunteering to Mike O'Brien's list of outdoor activities seemed like a good way to both spend time outdoors and give back to nature.
Birding can be a rewarding experience, but also tricky in getting those identifications just right.
Decades ago, rivers and lakes weren’t reserved exclusively for nature and recreation; they also served as natural ice factories.