A closer look at what's on the ground provides clues to animal whereabouts in the preserves.
The bison herd at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington just got a little larger with the birth of three calves.
This showy spring ephemeral is a sought-after sight for wildflower fans
Most of us try to avoid bats, but creating a welcoming habitat for them may be beneficial.
The name obedient plant may seem like a misnomer, but the flowers of this plant can be turned in any direction and will stay in place once moved.
Called 'great blue' because of its unique size and blue-gray feathers, the great blue heron is also one of the most highly adaptable creatures of its species.
In the end, the law won the squirrel battle.
Coyotes are incredibly smart and adaptable. But how much do you really know about these generally reclusive animals that are afraid of humans?
Test your knowledge to see how much you really know about these amazing birds.
Many birds travel hundreds if not thousands of miles twice each year during their migration with no map to guide them. How do they know what route to take?
This bison probably has better moves than you.
What happens to animals during a prescribed burn? Most are able to safely escape the flames. In fact, these burns are designed specifically to minimize injury and death to animals and, as a result, create healthier habitats for them.
For the father-and-sons Schroeder trio, volunteering is something they enjoy doing together. They have volunteered in many capacities through the years, but as co-stewards of Hickory Creek Junction, their restoration work at the preserve is what they are most proud of.
The snapping turtle isn't hunted by many animals, but it does face many risks in the wild, including being hit by cars and having their nests hunted.
The ruins that remain near Columbia Street tell a story of the city's century-old melting pot.
The 37-acre preserve contains a one-acre portion of the site was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve and is the final resting place of the early settlers of Wheatland Township.
Tucked away at the southern tip of Hammel Woods, near the small dam across the DuPage River, is Grinton Grove, the site that William Grinton built a flour mill in 1845. The small settlement that arose around it was the origin of today’s Village of Shorewood.
One of the benefits of preserving open space is the amount of water the preserves hold, which helps sustain wildlife habitats, reduces flooding and replenishes underground aquifers.
From cactus to carnivorous plants, there are some surprises in the preserves
Is that big, buzzing insect a dragonfly or a damselfly? Learn how to tell the difference.
Osprey or eagle? Learn what sets the osprey apart from other birds of prey.
Here’s a closer look at some of the plants that can cause you harm and are best avoided.
They took to it like a duck to water, naturally.
The District has repurposed abandoned rail lines to recreational trails
Once extinct in Illinois, wild turkeys can now be found in every county.
The slither. They climb. They freak people out. But don't worry, the locals are harmless.
Bald eagles are some of most beautiful birds you'll see — and thankfully still can — now that they've bounced back after conservation efforts helped them come back from the brink of extinction.
When it comes to the preserves, it's often a connection to the past.
If you've ever spent a long day in the sun with no sunscreen, you've probably paid the price in the form of a bad sunburn. But are animals at risk for painful sunburns too?
Stay hydrated and avoid heat illnesses during the dog days of summer with these tips.
Barb Ferry has been raising monarch butterflies at home and releasing them into the wild, with the ultimate goals of helping sustain their population and educating the public of their importance.
Find out by answering these 10 questions.
Enjoy them while you can — because they'll be gone before you know it
Turtle hit by car in Morris lives on through surviving hatchlings that have been placed in a Blanding's turtle recovery program.