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.
These sly creatures are skilled hunters and adaptable to many habitats and environments, including rural, suburban and urban areas.
The 46-acre Lockport Loop Trail was acquired in 2011. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.
We're proud to have launched Today's Bird, a Twitter account dedicated to the amazing bird photos from across Will County.
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.
A donation from The Nature Foundation of Will County will support Forest Preserve nature education and arts programming in 2019.
September and October are the most common times to see these intriguing insects.
Where is your forest preserve 'Happy Place?' For the Webers of Joliet, Hammel Woods is their go-to spot for hikes.
If you enjoy the sight of colorful monarchs fluttering about, you're going to love the next few weeks.
Where is your Forest Preserve 'Happy Place?' For Denise Steffen, it's a spot along the Hickory Creek Bikeway.
His start as a volunteer with the Forest Preserve comes with an interesting backstory involving an alligator.
It's not just what they do, but how these wasps do it that may send shivers up your spine.
Squirrels can be relentless when it comes to stealing a meal.
3/16/19: Spend the first part of the evening at Plum Creek Nature Center learning about the American woodcock, and then hike to watch for the courtship flight of the male.
Every day in the preserves, natural selection and the cycle of life are carrying on and, oftentimes, people see it firsthand.
02/19/19: This six-week beekeeping course will teach you all you need to know to become a successful beekeeper.
Programs focusing on nature, environmental education, cultural history and recreation are offered at the Environmental Learning Center in Mokena, Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township and Monee Reservoir in Monee Township.
If you’ve thought to yourself 'Do birds have ears?,' well the answer to that question is both yes and no.
Fishermen have been known to tuck everything from garlic to hemorrhoid cream in their tackle boxes.
Animal encounters come in all shapes and sizes, but this is the incredible tale of a basement, a deer that’s run amok and two conservation officers who engaged in an epic tag-team wrestling match to subdue it.
If you like limbless reptiles, you're going to love the next few weeks.
Sandhill cranes are a magnificent sight, whether flying overhead or congregating in prairies and fields, but we often realize the birds are nearby because we hear them before we see them.
Want to go camping but you have no gear? No problem, thanks to a new 2019 gear rental program.
Police officers deal with all sorts of situations on a daily basis, but this one may go down as the strangest — and cutest — of all time.
Five bats in Will County have tested positive for rabies so far this summer.
The new year will get off to an impressive start for sky watchers, with a meteor shower and total lunar eclipse both on display in the night sky in the first few weeks of 2019.
These birds are smaller than most falcons, known for their powerful flying and astute hunting abilities.
This showy spring ephemeral is a sought-after sight for wildflower fans
5/11/19: Contribute to your community, support your local environment, meet fellow nature-lovers, and get some fresh air and exercise.
According to a new study published by PLOS Biology, as species that are unique to particular ecosystems vanish, the more common — and mostly undesireable ones — move in.
The Forest Preserve has received a ComEd, Openlands grant that will improve Hine's emerald dragonfly habitat.
Even though it won't be as impressive as the summer's Perseid meteor shower, NASA officials say there should be about 15-20 meteors per hour that can be seen.
Most of us think of turkey as the star of the Thanksgiving table, but these birds live among us too, right in our own forests and prairies.
5/4/2019: The only way to view these amazing birds during this time is to attend these special viewing programs.
There are many ways to showcase the sheer power of nature and, while a photo or standard video can do the trick, there's nothing more magically jaw-dropping than a timelapse video.
The 288-acre Theodore Marsh was acquired between 1994 and 2009. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acre