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5 Ways Nature Can Keep You Healthy

A growing collection of research seems to be providing some proof of the many benefits of nature.

Squirrel invades home, and complete pandemonium breaks out

Squirrels belong outside, and this video proves that.

One Last Look at Fabulous Fall Colors

The changing seasons always bring some incredible visual displays in the preserves

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.

Quiz: Test Your Beaver Brainpower

We all know the saying 'busy as a beaver,' but how much do you really know about these buck-toothed rodents?

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.

The Stink on Skunks

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.

Get Ready for a Spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower

This will be the best meteor shower of the year.

Quiz: Check Your Monarch Butterfly I.Q.

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.

Scat-tergories: The Scoop on Poop

A closer look at what's on the ground provides clues to animal whereabouts in the preserves.

Three Bison Calves Born at Midewin

The bison herd at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington just got a little larger with the birth of three calves.

Blooming Bluebells

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

Here's How To Create A Healthy Bat Habitat in Your Yard — And Why You Should

Most of us try to avoid bats, but creating a welcoming habitat for them may be beneficial.

A Plant That Does What It's Told? Obedient Plant Isn't Just a Misnomer

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.

Snakes in the Water? Don't Worry; They're Not After You

Learn more about the northern water snake, one of the most common water snakes in Illinois.

Great Blue: The Granddaddy of Herons

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.

Unsavory Squirrel Steals Cookie, Attacks Police Officer

In the end, the law won the squirrel battle.

Five Fascinating Facts About Coyotes

Coyotes are incredibly smart and adaptable. But how much do you really know about these generally reclusive animals that are afraid of humans?

Quiz: Are You a Bald Eagle Expert?

Test your knowledge to see how much you really know about these amazing birds.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Migratory Birds Know Where To Go?

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?

Watch This Bison Do a 'Happy Dance' on the First Day of Spring

This bison probably has better moves than you.

Nature Curiosity: What Happens to the Animals During a Prescribed Burn?

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.

Volunteer Spotlight: For The Schroeders, Volunteering Is a Family Affair

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.

Beyond the Rules: A Guide to Dog Park Etiquette

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.

Steeling Joliet's Past

The ruins that remain near Columbia Street tell a story of the city's century-old melting pot.

Vermont Cemetery: From Human History to Natural History

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.

Slowing Water's Roll

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.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for These Unusual Plants in the Preserves

From cactus to carnivorous plants, there are some surprises in the preserves

What's the Difference?: Dragonfly vs. Damselfly

Is that big, buzzing insect a dragonfly or a damselfly? Learn how to tell the difference.

Avoid these plants to save yourself from painful rashes, blindness – even death

Here’s a closer look at some of the plants that can cause you harm and are best avoided.

D.C. Duck Ramp Proves Sometimes Nature Just Needs a Boost

They took to it like a duck to water, naturally.

From Tracks to Trails

The District has repurposed abandoned rail lines to recreational trails

Time to Talk Turkey

Once extinct in Illinois, wild turkeys can now be found in every county.

Peak Summer Days May Bring Problem Plants

Three plants in particular that are commonly found in Illinois can cause rashes, welts or blisters.

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