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Can You Identify These 15 Birds? Take the Test to Find Out

Birding can be a rewarding experience, but also tricky in getting those identifications just right.

The Big Chill

Decades ago, rivers and lakes weren’t reserved exclusively for nature and recreation; they also served as natural ice factories.

Wild Mating Rituals

While many humans will be indulging in romance on Valentine’s Day, some animal species are gearing up for their own late winter wooing.

Preserve Police Pull Opossum Out of Predicament

A opossum with its head wedged in a hole at the Hammel Woods Dog Park was rescued Wednesday by a Forest Preserve police officer.

Be Mesmerized by This Snake Slithering Along a Wire Fence

This snake isn't local, but that doesn't make the Tasmanian tiger snake's moves any less noteworthy.

Can You Ace This Bison Quiz?

Here's your chance to test your knowledge of these amazing animals.

Normantown Road Finding New Life as Hiking, Biking Trail

Engineering will begin this year on another piece of the Normantown Trail in Plainfield.

Penny slithers past Xena in snake-naming effort

The snake was recently acquired as a rescue animal after the nature center’s previous ball python, Bud, passed away after an illness at the estimated age of 30.

Army Corps bids multimillion-dollar project to benefit Lockport Prairie

The nature preserve features a rare dolomite prairie habitat that supports threatened and endangered species.

These Birds Mean Business

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.

Giving them ‘a fighting chance’

The Forest Preserve District is diving into a regional effort to help save the state-endangered Blanding’s turtle from extinction.

Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence

District receives financial reporting award for 22nd consecutive year.

Woodland Oasis

The 430-acre Laughton Preserve, located on Wallingford Road in Wilton Township, contains remnants of land that present a rich and colorful history.

Let's Go Batty for #Batweek

Bat Week has arrived, which strives to raise awareness about more than 1,200 bat species worldwide and their pivotal role in nature.

Whalon Lake Loop Trail Reopens

A section of the Whalon Lake loop trail that was closed since September has reopened now that a water diversion channel project has been completed.

Safer Trail Connection Coming to Black Road Corridor in 2018

Work on an IDOT project along Black Road that will connect two Forest Preserve trail systems will begin early next year.

Preserves Double as Summer Laboratory

Allowing outside researchers access to the District's properties serves several useful purposes

Five Wild and Wacky Woodcock Facts

When it comes to birds you can see in the preserves, the American woodcock may be the most unique one you'll come across.

Bald Eagles' Insane Food Fight Caught on Slow-Motion Video

It's a bald eagle tussle like you've never seen before.

Volunteers Needed at Monee Reservoir

Individuals are needed to assist the public during fishing and boating programs at Monee Reservoir.

Volunteer Spotlight: Trail Sentinel Andrea Pletzke

Forest Preserve Volunteer Andrea Pletzke is so grateful that the District is saving open space for everyone to enjoy.

Quiz: How Smart Are You About Salamanders?

Take this quiz to see how much you know about the spotted salamanders that can be found in Will County.

Hummingbirds are on Their Way and You Can Map Their Migration Progress

Each year, birders in the area look forward to the summer return of the hummingbirds.

Rescued Pelican's Injuries Too Serious to Recover

An American white pelican was injured when it became tangled in discarded fishing line at McKinley Woods.

Asian carp harvesting exhibition scheduled for Monday at Rock Run Rookery

Federal, state and local officials will gather Monday at the Forest Preserve's Rock Run Rookery Preserve for an Asian carp harvesting demonstration.

Before and After: Prescribed Burn at Braidwood Dunes

What a difference a day makes when looking at a preserve before and after a prescribed burn.

Asian carp demonstration shows how state is taking 'the fight to the fish'

Officials gathered Monday, March 26, at Rock Run Rookery for an Asian carp fishing demonstration that showed how the state and its federal partners are battling this invasive species.

Celebrate Earth Day with these volunteer opportunities

Spend some of your Earth Day week helping Mother Earth at a Forest Preserve District program.

Which Wild Animal Are You?

We all can display some wild tendencies every now and then.

Spectacular 'Super Blue Blood Moon' Coming on Jan. 31

As long as there are some clear skies, January is going to close out with a rare heavenly trifecta for astronomy fans in the form of a supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse.

Branching out with 'Free a Tree' tips

Clearing invasive species from the base of a tree can help the tree thrive and reproduce.

Plan Your Spring and Summer with 'The Weekly Five'

Sign up for The Weekly Five to get a jump on Forest Preserve programs and events for the upcoming week.

Daring Raccoon Rescue is Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse

It's fair to say things didn't go exactly as planned when a crew tried to rescue a raccoon that had been trapped on the ledge of a suburban Detroit building for days.

Digging in for Winter

When the mercury plummets and the snow starts to fly, most forest creatures don’t head for the hills – they dig in for winter.

10 Fascinating Facts About Groundhogs

All groundhogs are terrible weather forecasters, but they are some amazing creatures in other regards.

The Hooded Grebe’s Courtship Dance May Be the Most Amazing One You'll Ever See

From fancy footwork to some highly choreographed maneuvers, Hooded Grebes surely know how to put on a show

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