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Scat-tergories: The Scoop on Poop

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

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.

Great Blue: The Granddaddy of Herons

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.

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.

Our Favorite Nature Photos from 2017

From wet raccoons to colorful flowers and a pod of pelicans, there was plenty to see and photograph in the preserves.

D.C. Duck Ramp Proves Sometimes Nature Just Needs a Boost

They took to it like a duck to water, naturally.

8 Adorable Videos of Chipmunks Eating

Simply put, chipmunks can be pigs.

From Tracks to Trails

The District has repurposed abandoned rail lines to recreational trails

Time to Talk Turkey

Once extinct in Illinois, wild turkeys can now be found in every county.

99-million-year-old baby bird found in amber is a fossil like we've never seen before

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.

Wonderfully Wild Snakes of Will County

The slither. They climb. They freak people out. But don't worry, the locals are harmless.

Amazing Video Captures Rare Sight: A Great Horned Owl Going For a Swim

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.

Forest Preserve Team Takes on Trail Assessment

A team of Forest Preserve employees will hit the trails this summer and fall to gather valuable information for trail users.

When Bald Eagles Go Fishing, It's Quite a Catch

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.

What’s in a Name?

When it comes to the preserves, it's often a connection to the past.

Creature Feature: The Stunning Snowy Owl

Snowy owls are a prized find among bird-watchers, because the beautiful birds are a sight to behold set against a wintry backdrop.

Quiz: How Savvy Are You About Snowy Owls?

Take this quiz to see how much you know about this treasured species.

Our Top Instagram Photos of 2018

One thing is clear: Everyone loves wildlife shots.

Volunteer Spotlight: Joel Craig and His 'Happy Place' at Lake Renwick

His start as a volunteer with the Forest Preserve comes with an interesting backstory involving an alligator.

Quiz: Test Your Pelican Proficiency

They are magnificent birds, traveling and foraging in large flocks making them nearly impossible to miss.

Raccoon In Awkward Situation Generates Some Buzz

It's apparently the season for animals getting themselves in all sorts of uncomfortable situations.

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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Mike O’Brien and the 'Big-Picture Mentality'

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.

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.

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