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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.

Traffic Alert Issued for Sugar Creek Quilt Show Visitors

Prepare for possible road congestion in Joliet as you attempt to view the national parks quilt exhibition before it closes on July 3.

Mink with an itch wins June's portion of photo contest

A photo of a mink taken by Lemont resident Mike Daley is June's finalist in the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

Century-Old Lockport Leaf Collection Highlights Field Museum Field Trip

Forest Preserve group views Field Museum specimens collected more than 100 years ago in Lockport.

What’s in a Name?

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

From Incarceration to Recreation

Multiple agencies joining forces in attempt to unlock Old Joliet Prison's preservation potential.

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.

Meet the Wasps of Summer

Now's the time of year when you'll be seeing a number of predatory wasps with greater frequency.

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.

Caught on Video: Bald Eagle Attacks Nesting Bald Eagle

The bald eagle was minding its own business, tending to two eggs in the nest that's being monitored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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.

These Animal Dads are Worth Celebrating

Many males play a key role in giving their offspring a much-needed jump-start.

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.

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.

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.

Volunteer Spotlight: From Bluebirds to Building Bridges, Bernie Twait Continues to Give Back

Bernie Twait has spent decades of his life volunteering, pursuing his own interests and hobbies as a way for him to also help better his community.

Volunteer Spotlight: John Nerron Travels Back in Time

John Nerren is part of the Isle a la Cache Brigade, a group of volunteer re-enactors who conduct demonstrations of what life was like for 18th-century fur traders who once lived in our area.

Ghost Plant: The Albino on the Forest Floor

This unique specimen is often confused for a fungus, but it's a perennial plant that lacks chlorophyll.

A Mushrooming Fungus Population

Now's a great time of year to hit the trails in search of a wide variety of beauties

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.

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

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.

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.

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