A growing collection of research seems to be providing some proof of the many benefits of nature.
Squirrels belong outside, and this video proves that.
The changing seasons always bring some incredible visual displays in the preserves
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.
We all know the saying 'busy as a beaver,' but how much do you really know about these buck-toothed rodents?
If you’ve thought to yourself 'Do birds have ears?,' well the answer to that question is both yes and no.
If you – or more likely, your dog – find yourself on the receiving end of a skunk’s stinky spray, you can’t say you weren’t warned.
This will be the best meteor shower of the year.
Show your appreciation for this butterfly’s tenacity and check your monarch I.Q. with our quiz. You may never think about this popular pollinator in the same way.
A closer look at what's on the ground provides clues to animal whereabouts in the preserves.
The bison herd at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington just got a little larger with the birth of three calves.
This showy spring ephemeral is a sought-after sight for wildflower fans
Most of us try to avoid bats, but creating a welcoming habitat for them may be beneficial.
The name obedient plant may seem like a misnomer, but the flowers of this plant can be turned in any direction and will stay in place once moved.
Learn more about the northern water snake, one of the most common water snakes in Illinois.
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.
In the end, the law won the squirrel battle.
Coyotes are incredibly smart and adaptable. But how much do you really know about these generally reclusive animals that are afraid of humans?
Test your knowledge to see how much you really know about these amazing birds.
Many birds travel hundreds if not thousands of miles twice each year during their migration with no map to guide them. How do they know what route to take?
This bison probably has better moves than you.
What happens to animals during a prescribed burn? Most are able to safely escape the flames. In fact, these burns are designed specifically to minimize injury and death to animals and, as a result, create healthier habitats for them.
For the father-and-sons Schroeder trio, volunteering is something they enjoy doing together. They have volunteered in many capacities through the years, but as co-stewards of Hickory Creek Junction, their restoration work at the preserve is what they are most proud of.
As off-leash play areas for canines become more popular, it's important to know the do's and don'ts of a successful trip to a dog park.
The ruins that remain near Columbia Street tell a story of the city's century-old melting pot.
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.
One of the benefits of preserving open space is the amount of water the preserves hold, which helps sustain wildlife habitats, reduces flooding and replenishes underground aquifers.
From cactus to carnivorous plants, there are some surprises in the preserves
Is that big, buzzing insect a dragonfly or a damselfly? Learn how to tell the difference.
Here’s a closer look at some of the plants that can cause you harm and are best avoided.
They took to it like a duck to water, naturally.
The District has repurposed abandoned rail lines to recreational trails
Once extinct in Illinois, wild turkeys can now be found in every county.
Three plants in particular that are commonly found in Illinois can cause rashes, welts or blisters.