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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.

Creature Feature: The Cunning and Clever Red Fox

These sly creatures are skilled hunters and adaptable to many habitats and environments, including rural, suburban and urban areas.

Lockport Loop Trail

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.

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.

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.

Foundation Donation Supports Forest Preserve Nature and Arts Programming

A donation from The Nature Foundation of Will County will support Forest Preserve nature education and arts programming in 2019.

Creature Feature: Praying Mantis is Perfectly Designed for Hunting Prey

September and October are the most common times to see these intriguing insects.

Weber Family's 'Happy Place': Hiking at Hammel Woods

Where is your forest preserve 'Happy Place?' For the Webers of Joliet, Hammel Woods is their go-to spot for hikes.

Peak Monarch Migration is Right Around the Corner

If you enjoy the sight of colorful monarchs fluttering about, you're going to love the next few weeks.

Denise Steffen’s ‘Happy Place’: Mighty oaks along the Hickory Creek Bikeway

Where is your Forest Preserve 'Happy Place?' For Denise Steffen, it's a spot along the Hickory Creek Bikeway.

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.

Cicada Killer Wasps' Annual Rampage in Full Swing

It's not just what they do, but how these wasps do it that may send shivers up your spine.

Study Shows Squirrels Steal Half of Food Put in Bird Feeders

Squirrels can be relentless when it comes to stealing a meal.

Woodcock Walk at Plum Creek Nature Center

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.

The Story of Eastern Phoebes, a Suspect Raccoon and a Rebirth

Every day in the preserves, natural selection and the cycle of life are carrying on and, oftentimes, people see it firsthand.

Bee a Beekeeper!: Introduction to Successful Beekeeping

02/19/19: This six-week beekeeping course will teach you all you need to know to become a successful beekeeper.

Youth Group Programs

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.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Hear?

If you’ve thought to yourself 'Do birds have ears?,' well the answer to that question is both yes and no.

Anglers Turn to Kooky Bait Concoctions to Land the Big Ones

Fishermen have been known to tuck everything from garlic to hemorrhoid cream in their tackle boxes.

Wardens Rescue Window Breaking, Basement Trashing, Pool Table Dancing Deer

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.

Now is a Great Time to See Snakes in the Preserves

If you like limbless reptiles, you're going to love the next few weeks.

Creature Feature: The Tall, Bulky and Elegant Sandhill Crane

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.

Camping Gear Rental Program Coming in Spring 2019

Want to go camping but you have no gear? No problem, thanks to a new 2019 gear rental program.

Police 'pawsitively surprised' when trash bandit turns itself in — on moving vehicle

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.

Department of Public Health Issues Warning After 17 Rabid Bats Found in Illinois

Five bats in Will County have tested positive for rabies so far this summer.

Don't Miss These Super Celestial Events in January

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.

Creature Feature: The Elusive, Fast Flying Merlin

These birds are smaller than most falcons, known for their powerful flying and astute hunting abilities.

Blooming Bluebells

This showy spring ephemeral is a sought-after sight for wildflower fans

Volunteer Workday: Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve

5/11/19: Contribute to your community, support your local environment, meet fellow nature-lovers, and get some fresh air and exercise.

What Happens When Biodiversity is Lost? Rats, Pigeons Move In, Study Shows

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.

ComEd, Openlands Grant will Improve Dragonfly Habitat

The Forest Preserve has received a ComEd, Openlands grant that will improve Hine's emerald dragonfly habitat.

'Most Beautiful' Meteor Shower of the Year Coming This Weekend

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.

Creature Feature: The Big, Colorful Wild Turkey

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.

Lake Renwick Bird Viewing

5/4/2019: The only way to view these amazing birds during this time is to attend these special viewing programs.

Watch: The Power of Nature as Told Through Timelapse Video

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.

Theodore Marsh

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

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