At one time, McKinley Woods in Channahon was a German prisoner of war camp.
The great horned owl is most well known from storybooks and folklore, because it is the owl that makes the famous hooting call.
Animal encounters come in all shapes and sizes, but this is the incredible tale of a basement, a deer that’s run amok and two conservation officers who engaged in an epic tag-team wrestling match to subdue it.
These two look-alike birds can be hard to distinguish, but there are a few ways to tell them apart.
Dining on dung is nothing out of the ordinary in the animal kingdom.
Are you an expert on opossums? Take this 10-question quiz to find out.
According to a recent study, red squirrels can inherit wealth just like humans. But for the squirrels, inherited wealth comes in the form of food stores of squirrels that have died.
White birds are fairly common in the wild, with some swans, egrets, gulls and even owls known for their snow-colored plumage. But what about white birds that should be a distinctly different color, such as a white cardinal, hawk or great horned owl?
Contributions totaling $591,000 from the U.S. Army Corps and a state wildlife fund will help accelerate Forest Preserve restoration efforts at four preserves.
In honor of Bat Week, get to know the eight species that call the preserves home.
While you may hear them in the preserves, seeing them is a rare treat.
If you don't take precautions, it could be the gift that keeps on giving.
Winter weather isn't a guarantee that ticks don't pose a threat to you or your pets. If the temperature is above freezing and the ground isn't frozen, some ticks are still active.
Ever shiver at the sight of birds on the ice in the dead of winter? No need to worry. Geese and other waterfowl are built to withstand these harsh conditions.
Get ready for Groundhog Day by testing your knowledge on Punxsutawney Phil and his friends.
Have you ever seen a blue-spotted salamander? Most people haven't, but they do live in Will County. Finding one is a matter of knowing where to look.
Raccoons have a well-earned reputation for being trash bandits, but they deserve our respect too.
Lichens are little known and not well understood, but they deserve our appreciation.
Lightning can — and will — strike the same place twice, so always head indoors when thunder roars.
Invasion of the jumping worms isn't the next box-office thriller. These invasive worms are becoming widespread in Illinois, destroying the soil quality wherever they are.
Check out the list of online programs and activities, record your Earth-friendly activities and be entered for a chance to win prizes.
Spring wildflowers are beautiful but fleeting. Keep your eyes trained to the ground when out for a walk to see if you can spot bloodroot, a fascinating ephemeral.
As we prepare to declare war on dandelions, it's important to remember just how important these 'weeds' are for bees.
As temperatures increase, so can sightings of these reptiles out in the preserves
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.
Many species are dependent on fire to maintain the habitat in which they live.
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.
Beavers' ability to build structures is one of the most significant in the animal kingdom and these animals are second only to humans in their ability to change the environment they live 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.