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It's Official: Study Proves Spending Time Outdoors Is Good For You

We've long known time spent in the great outdoors is good for you, but now we know exactly how much time we have to spend outside to reap the benefits. According to a study, spending two hours outside each week is good for your health and well-being.

Department of Public Health Issues Warning After 17 Rabid Bats Found in Illinois

Five bats in Will County have tested positive for rabies so far this summer.

'A Job Well Done' by High School Student Volunteers

High school students pitch in to help make the preserves pristine during hot and humid work week.

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.

Coronavirus-Related Compensation Approved for Dog Park Permit Holders

The dog park permit discount will be 25 percent and it will be applied to the purchase of 2021 passes when they go on sale November 1.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Pelicans?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

Your Guide to Paddling Will County

The preserves offer excellent canoeing and kayaking opportunities on our local waterways

Work Set to Resume on Black Road Corridor Trail Connections

One pedestrian bridge was installed recently over the DuPage River and another span is coming for Interstate 55 as work continues on a project along Black Road that will link the DuPage River Trail in Hammel Woods with the Rock Run Greenway Trail in Rock Run 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.

Things We Love: Those Gangling Great Blue Herons

Birds in Will County come in all shapes, sizes and colors, but it doesn't get any better than spotting a great blue heron gliding over a preserve or patiently stalking its prey on the ground.

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.

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.

Creature Feature: The Mighty Muskrat

If you've ever caught a glimpse of a muskrat, it was probably near water. These rodents spend most of their time in and around water, feasting on aquatic plants and animals.

Myth Buster: Snakes Are Not Slimy

Another myth busted: Snakes are not slimy at all.

Isle a la Cache Improvements Underway

Isle a la Cache preserve, a site steeped in history, will be getting some modern upgrades in the coming months to improve visitor experiences.

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.

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.

Creature Feature: Coyotes, the Opportunistic Eaters

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

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.

Pelicans Flock to Preserves

One of nature’s largest avian specimens have made a pit stop in Will County prior to migrating south for the winter.

Top 10 Trail Trips to Try

There are miles of scenic paths where you can exercise and enjoy nature.

There's More to Fall Than You Might Think

Look around, and you'll see many signs of changing seasons.

Police 'pawsitively surprised' when trash bandit turns itself in — on moving vehicle

Police officers deal with all sorts of situations on a daily basis, but this one may go down as the strangest — and cutest — of all time.

Mushroom Mania at Raccoon Grove

These natural wonders are a great way to celebrate the small details in the forest.

The Science Behind Fall Foliage

Mother Nature's twists and turns can have a big impact in how the trees change in autumn.

Freaky Fungus of the Week: Old Man of the Woods

When it comes to fungi that leave no mystery as to how they got their name, Old Man of the Woods definitely fits the bill.

Preserving Precious Pollinators

We take a closer look at how planting native species provides huge benefits.

Rabbits, Stink Bugs are Most-Googled Wildlife Images in Illinois

While we often get the biggest reaction on social media from creepy crawlies such as colorful spiders and huge snakes, data shows you're searching for stinky and cuter forms of wildlife.

Creature Feature: The Elusive, Fast Flying Merlin

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

Injured Hummingbirds Bring Big Challenges for Wildlife Rehabbers

They eat constantly, fly in excess of 30 mph and weigh less than a nickel, and it's that combination which can make diagnosing and treating an injured hummingbird quite the gargantuan task.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Coyotes?

See if you can ace the test.

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