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McKinley Woods' World War II Connection

At one time, McKinley Woods in Channahon was a German prisoner of war camp.

Creature Feature: The Predatory Great Horned Owl

The great horned owl is most well known from storybooks and folklore, because it is the owl that makes the famous hooting call.

Wardens Rescue Window Breaking, Basement Trashing, Pool Table Dancing Deer

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.

What's the Difference?: Downy Woodpeckers vs. Hairy Woodpeckers

These two look-alike birds can be hard to distinguish, but there are a few ways to tell them apart.

The Bottom Line on Animals Eating Feces

Dining on dung is nothing out of the ordinary in the animal kingdom.

Quiz: Are You an Expert on Opossums?

Are you an expert on opossums? Take this 10-question quiz to find out.

Some Squirrels Are Lucky Enough To Inherit A Fortune in Food Stores, Study Shows

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.

Why is This Great Horned Owl White?

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?

Army Corps, State Contribute $591,000 for Restoration Efforts

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.

The Bats of Will County

In honor of Bat Week, get to know the eight species that call the preserves home.

The Owls of Will County

While you may hear them in the preserves, seeing them is a rare treat.

Your Christmas Tree Could Have Up to 25,000 Bugs On It

If you don't take precautions, it could be the gift that keeps on giving.

A Mild Winter Means No Break From Ticks

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.

Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Birds' Feet Freeze?

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.

Quiz: What's Your Groundhog IQ?

Get ready for Groundhog Day by testing your knowledge on Punxsutawney Phil and his friends.

Creature Feature: The Secretive Blue-Spotted Salamander

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.

Things We Love: Those Rascally Raccoons

Raccoons have a well-earned reputation for being trash bandits, but they deserve our respect too.

Things We Love: Those Lovely Lichens

Lichens are little known and not well understood, but they deserve our appreciation.

Myth Buster: Lightning Can Strike The Same Place Twice

Lightning can — and will — strike the same place twice, so always head indoors when thunder roars.

Invasion Of The Jumping Worms: They're A Big Threat To Soil Quality

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.

Earth Day Anniversary Celebration Continues through September 15

Check out the list of online programs and activities, record your Earth-friendly activities and be entered for a chance to win prizes.

Things We Love: The Aptly Named Bloodroot

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.

The War on Dandelions Is Killing Bees, But It Doesn't Have To

As we prepare to declare war on dandelions, it's important to remember just how important these 'weeds' are for bees.

Your Guide to Spring Snake Spotting

As temperatures increase, so can sightings of these reptiles out in the preserves

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.

What You Need to Know About Prescribed Burns

Many species are dependent on fire to maintain the habitat in which they live.

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.

Creature Feature: Nature's Lumberjack, the Beaver

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.

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.

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