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Creature Feature: Coyotes, the Opportunistic Eaters

Coyotes try to remain unseen, hunting under the cover of darkness to protect themselves from being hunted.

Coyotes More Likely to Protect Their Turf During Mating, Pupping Seasons

Learn what you should do if you come across a coyote in a preserve, especially during the mating and upcoming pupping seasons.

The Recipe For Success With Hummingbird Feeders: Sugar and Water

Seeing hummingbirds in the wild is a true delight, and you can attact these tiny birds to your own yard by stocking hummingbirds with food made simply by mixing sugar and boiling water.

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.

Creature Feature: The Lovely Luna Moth

The lovely luna moth is prized by many for its beauty. But there's more to these moths than just their outward appearance.

Don't Feed Ducks and Geese Bread; You're Making Them Sick

Next time you're at a local pond, resist the urge to feed the ducks and geese. They don't need our help, and we are actually making them sick.

Creature Feature: The Mysterious Mink

The mysterious mink lives across Illinois, but are not often seen by humans.

Creature Feature: The Powerful Snapping Turtle

The snapping turtle isn't hunted by many animals, but it does face many risks in the wild, including being hit by cars and having their nests hunted.

Before it was Goodenow Grove

For nearly 40 years, 'Camp Crete' offered a well-rounded camping experience for all scouts at what's now Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve.

Barb Parisi’s Happy Place: The healing powers of McKinley Woods

Barbara Parisi's Forest Preserve "Happy Place" is McKinley Woods, a site that helped her heal after a family tragedy.

Quiz: Are You A Water Snake Expert?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

Creature Feature: The Elusive, Fast Flying Merlin

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

The Dog Days of Summer Are Here, But It Doesn't Mean What You Think

The dog days of summer are here, both literally and metaphorically. Be sure to stay safe outdoors during periods of high heat and humidity.

Coming in 2020: Pelican Watch, Food Truck Fridays, Zombies, and More

The 2020 special event schedule features a wide variety of offerings for all ages and interests.

'Zombie Snakes' Have Gone Viral, But They Aren't Dangerous To Humans

Zombie snakes on the loose? Not really. These viral zombie snakes are just playing dead to protect themselves from predators, and they pose no risk to humans.

Get in Shape with a 'Forest Fitness' Zoom Webinar This Summer

The Forest Preserve is offering a series of 'Forest Fitness' Zoom webinars in partnership with Fitness Premier of Manhattan in June, July and August on a range of topics including conditioning, walking/running, kayaking and bicycling.

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.

What's the Difference?: Wild Parsnip vs. Golden Alexander

Knowing the difference between wild parsnip and golden alexander could save you from a painful, burning rash.

How To Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard: Native Plants Are Best

Both hummingbird feeders and wildflowers can help attract ruby-throated hummingbirds to your yard, but don't forget about including plants that host insects, another important food source for these tiny beauties.

Fishing Line Killed This Robin at Monee Reservoir; It Shouldn't Have

It's a scene that plays out too often in the preserves, but it's important to raise awareness of how deadly trash being left behind can be to wildlife.

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.

Creature Feature: The Awesome Osprey

Osprey or eagle? Learn what sets the osprey apart from other birds of prey.

Your Guide to Spring Snake Spotting

As temperatures increase, so can sightings of these reptiles out in the preserves

Creature Feature: Nature's Lumberjack, the Beaver

Beavers' ability to build structures is one of the most significant in the animal kingdom and these animals are second only to humans in their ability to change the environment they live in.

Heartbreaking Egret Photo Another Reminder of Dangers of Improperly Disposed of Fishing Line

As the weather begins to turn for the better and more people take to the preserves to fish, we have an urgent plea for everyone: Please properly dispose of your fishing line.

What You Need to Know About Prescribed Burns

Many species are dependent on fire to maintain the habitat in which they live.

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.

Creature Feature: The Striking Red-headed Woodpecker

With its crimson cap and stunning black and white wings, the red-headed woodpecker is a beauty among birds.

The Best Places to Hike in Will County

Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise and there are miles of scenic trails to choose from.

Follow These Tips To Winterize Your Yard for Wildlife

Want to see wildlife in your yard all winter long? The key is to make it a welcoming place for them to visit.

Why is This Canada Goose at Lake Renwick Flying Upside Down?

It's not your common, everyday occurrence.

Autumn Animal Behaviors

Preparation is key to survive the colder months ahead.

From Stone to Water: Quarrying in Will County

Over decades, the Forest Preserve District of Will County has acquired a number of properties that include these manmade lakes.

Before There Was Us

Four properties owned and managed by the Forest Preserve District contain gravesites dating back to the 1800s.

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