A new picnic shelter adjacent to the 80-acre Whalon Lake in Bolingbrook can host larger celebrations and gatherings at the popular preserve.
It's becoming an all too common occurrence that shouldn't happen at all in the preserves or elsewhere, seeing dead birds hanging from trees after getting tangled up in fishing line.
The ruby-throated hummingbird is among the most beloved birds in Will County, and the more you know about them the more you will love them.
Thankfully for one coyote, some kind folks came to the rescue to get it out of a situation that not only looked ridiculous, but totally stunk.
The coyote will be treated for injuries to her forelegs and mouth and then released back into the wild.
This is the story of the Sage family, whom lived at McKinley Woods as caretakers of the preserve starting in the late 1950s.
Knowing the facts about them can help turn your disdain into appreciation.
Take a closer look at these beauties seen in the preserves and some of their key traits.
There are many animal conservation success stories of species we have right here in Will County.
With summer-like temperatures behind us, it's the time of year when stink bugs start making their way into our homes. Resist the urge to stomp on or squish them or you'll quickly learn how these insects got their name.
The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy 'sky dances' and a weird walk to help them find food.
What do you know about woodcocks? Take this 10-question quiz to find out.
During this time, deer tend to move about more freely, causing an uptick in collisions with vehicles.
If you have grand plans this summer of planting a camera outside in hopes of getting some incredible footage, consider using a tether.
Only ruins remain of the Joliet Iron Works, but thanks to a historic aerial photo, we can see the heart and soul of the steel mill prior to it being dismantled.
In its former life, the preserve now known as Rock Run Rookery used to be much less spectacular.
New research shows scientists may be able to transform human blood into deadly poison for mosquitoes.
Spending time outdoors is good for you, but what if you didn't grow up with a love of nature? Can you develop an appreciation for it as an adult? You can, according to a recent study.
It might shock you to learn blue jays aren't actually blue. Instead, we just perceive them to be blue because of how light passes through the birds' feathers.
Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that.
This is the perfect year to participate in the City Nature Challenge, the aim of which is to document the plants and animals around your home.
A black-legged kittiwake, whose range is the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, has been putting on a show for birders at Whalon Lake in Naperville.
From eagle eyes to Benjamin Franklin, dive into these offbeat facts.
Let's give these little critters some love on Squirrel Appreciation Day.
Are you a trash panda expert? Or is your knowledge total garbage?
Of the nearly 70 preserves owned and managed by the Forest Preserve District of Will County, 11 hold special status because of their designation as state nature preserves.
Some species have developed defense mechanisms that are crucial for their survival
Squirrels eavesdrop on birds to help them determine if an area is safe from potential predators, according to a recent study.
Birds' feathers make them unique in the animal kingdom, and those feathers help birds in many ways.
We have to admit that they're both pretty amazing. But if you had to choose, which one would it be?
For nearly 40 years, 'Camp Crete' offered a well-rounded camping experience for all scouts at what's now Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve.
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.
Dead trees are so important, many conservation and preservation agencies leave them in place when they fall.
It's not just a myth that the world seems more quiet after a snowfall. There's science behind the silence.
It wasn't a normal day on the job.
The sound of a coyote howling in the night is enough to stop people in their tracks, but have you ever stopped to think about what they are saying?