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Larger Lakeside Shelter Opens at Whalon Lake

A new picnic shelter adjacent to the 80-acre Whalon Lake in Bolingbrook can host larger celebrations and gatherings at the popular preserve.

Here We Go Again: Another Bird Killed by Fishing Line in the Preserves

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.

5 Fascinating Facts About Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

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.

Good Samaritans Rescue Coyote with Jar Stuck to its Head

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.

Police, Animal Control Rescue Coyote Stuck in Fence

The coyote will be treated for injuries to her forelegs and mouth and then released back into the wild.

The Sages of McKinley Woods

This is the story of the Sage family, whom lived at McKinley Woods as caretakers of the preserve starting in the late 1950s.

The Facts About The Animals You Love to Hate

Knowing the facts about them can help turn your disdain into appreciation.

Know Your Dragonflies

Take a closer look at these beauties seen in the preserves and some of their key traits.

Survival Stories: Animals Back from the Brink

There are many animal conservation success stories of species we have right here in Will County.

Watch Your Step: Stink Bugs Are Making Their Way Indoors

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.

Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

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.

Quiz: Are You Wise About Woodcocks?

What do you know about woodcocks? Take this 10-question quiz to find out.

It's Mating Season for Deer, Which Can Have Deadly Consequences

During this time, deer tend to move about more freely, causing an uptick in collisions with vehicles.

A Brief History of Wildlife Stealing Everyone's Tiny Cameras

If you have grand plans this summer of planting a camera outside in hopes of getting some incredible footage, consider using a tether.

A Slide Through History: Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

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.

A Slide Through History: Rock Run Rookery Preserve

In its former life, the preserve now known as Rock Run Rookery used to be much less spectacular.

Anti-Parasite Drug Could Turn Humans Into Mosquito-Killing Machines

New research shows scientists may be able to transform human blood into deadly poison for mosquitoes.

Study Shows Learning to Love Nature Is Not Just for Kids

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.

A Trick Of Nature: Blue Jays Aren't Really Blue

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.

Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

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.

Be A Citizen Scientist With The City Nature Challenge

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.

In Extremely Rare Sighting, Coastal Bird Turns Up at Whalon Lake

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.

Five Things You Probably Don't Know About Bald Eagles

From eagle eyes to Benjamin Franklin, dive into these offbeat facts.

12 Nutty Facts About Squirrels

Let's give these little critters some love on Squirrel Appreciation Day.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Raccoons?

Are you a trash panda expert? Or is your knowledge total garbage?

Nature Preserves Protect Will County’s Natural Heritage

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.

Wild Ways Animals Protect Themselves

Some species have developed defense mechanisms that are crucial for their survival

Eavesdropping Is a Survival Skill for Squirrels, Study Shows

Squirrels eavesdrop on birds to help them determine if an area is safe from potential predators, according to a recent study.

Nature Curiosity: Why Do Birds Have Feathers and Not Fur or Scales?

Birds' feathers make them unique in the animal kingdom, and those feathers help birds in many ways.

What's the Better View: Fall or Winter at Goodenow Grove?

We have to admit that they're both pretty amazing. But if you had to choose, which one would it be?

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.

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.

Dead and dying trees bring life to the forest

Dead trees are so important, many conservation and preservation agencies leave them in place when they fall.

Why Is The World So Quiet When It Snows? The Science Behind the Silence

It's not just a myth that the world seems more quiet after a snowfall. There's science behind the silence.

Nature Curiosity: Why Do Coyotes Howl?

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?

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