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How To Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard: Native Plants Are Best

Both hummingbird feeders and wildflowers can help attract ruby-throated hummingbirds to your yard, but don't forget about including plants that host insects, another important food source for these tiny beauties.

Warblers Adding to the Sights and Sounds of the Spring Forest

Spring is migration time for many songbirds, including warblers. These small birds add to the sights and sounds of the forest this time of year.

The Big Chill: Ice Harvesting in Will County

Decades ago, rivers and lakes weren’t reserved exclusively for nature and recreation; they also served as natural ice factories.

Wild Mating Rituals

While many humans will be indulging in romance on Valentine’s Day, some animal species are gearing up for their own late winter wooing.

Can You Ace This Bison Quiz?

Here's your chance to test your knowledge of these amazing animals.

Sounds of Summer: 17-Year Cicadas Emerging, Making Presence Known

After spending 17 years underground, cicadas are emerging across Will County, and they're making their presence known with their familiar buzzing sound.

What's The Difference?: Wetland vs. Marsh vs. Swamp

Wetlands link land and water, creating a crucial habitat with many important roles.

'Extremely Obese' Owl Rescued After Being Too Fat to Fly

The little owl in England had become anything but little after gorging itself on mice and voles in a field.

Myth Buster: Frogs and Toads Don't Cause Warts

Toads and frogs can give you warts? Think again. Warts are caused by a human virus, and you won't get them from handling an animal.

The Backyard Birds of Will County

You've probably seen many of these feathered friends, but how much do you know about them?

Don't Feed The Wildlife? What About The Birds?

Don't feed the animals. We hear it all the time. Yet many of us make a habit of feeding wild birds. Why are birds any different than other wildlife?

Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Venus In March's Night Sky

March includes the much-heralded start of spring, along with a supermoon and a great opportunity to see Venus in the night sky.

What's the Difference?: Reptile vs. Amphibian

Is a snake a reptile or an amphibian? How about a frog? These two classes of animals have some similarities, but some key characteristics also set them apart.

Ghost Plant: The Albino on the Forest Floor

This unique specimen is often confused for a fungus, but it's a perennial plant that lacks chlorophyll.

Woodland Oasis

The 430-acre Laughton Preserve, located on Wallingford Road in Wilton Township, contains remnants of land that present a rich and colorful history.

Has Your Bird Feeder Become a Squirrel Feeder? Here Are Some Ideas to Keep Those Rascals Away

Are your attempts at feeding the birds inadvertently keeping the neighborhood squirrels well fed? We're here to help.

Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Woolly Bear Caterpillars Freeze to Death?

Woolly bear caterpillars can't predict how bad winter will be, but they do have a pretty cool way to survive even the coldest of temperatures.

Five Wild and Wacky Woodcock Facts

When it comes to birds you can see in the preserves, the American woodcock may be the most unique one you'll come across.

Quiz: How Smart Are You About Salamanders?

Take this quiz to see how much you know about the spotted salamanders that can be found in Will County.

Which Wild Animal Are You?

We all can display some wild tendencies every now and then.

Weber Family's 'Happy Place': Hiking at Hammel Woods

Where is your forest preserve 'Happy Place?' For the Webers of Joliet, Hammel Woods is their go-to spot for hikes.

Daring Raccoon Rescue is Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse

It's fair to say things didn't go exactly as planned when a crew tried to rescue a raccoon that had been trapped on the ledge of a suburban Detroit building for days.

Digging in for Winter

When the mercury plummets and the snow starts to fly, most forest creatures don’t head for the hills – they dig in for winter.

10 Fascinating Facts About Groundhogs

All groundhogs are terrible weather forecasters, but they are some amazing creatures in other regards.

Use Caution as Repair Work Takes Place on I&M Canal and Wauponsee Glacial Trails

Path users should slow down or avoid the areas where "road mix" rock has been placed on the trails to repair low spots prior to limestone screenings being added.

First Murder Hornets, Now Zombie Cicadas. Luckily, Their Names Make Them Sound Worse Than They Are

Zombie cicadas are the latest scary-sounding insect to roam the world, but much like the murder hornets before them they sound scarier than they actually are.

Five Reasons to Plant Natives

Not all plants sold at local garden centers and home improvement stores are native; in fact, many are not.

Newly Released Images Show The Moon Like You've Never Seen It Before

Newly released images of the moon show it in more detail than we've ever seen before.

Things We Love: Those Teeny, Tiny Microarthropods

Tiny but mighty microarthropods are tiny bugs that do a lot of good despite their small size.

Clever Or Cruel? Brown-Headed Cowbirds Make Other Birds Do All The Work Of Raising Their Young

Brown-headed cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds' nests, outsourcing incubation and newborn care entirely to other birds. This may not win them any mother-of-the-year awards, but it is the only way they know.

What's The Difference?: Ducks vs. Geese

Most people can identify a mallard duck and a Canada goose, but do you know the difference between ducks and geese?

Nature Curiosity: Why Do Marsupials Have Pouches?

For marsupials, only adult females have pouches, and they serve an important role in the reproductive process.

Five Fascinating Facts You Probably Don't Know About Owls

Winter is the season for owls. Learn more about these mysterious and mystical creatures.

A Band of Blue Jays? Test Your Knowledge on Terms for Groups of Animals

Dive into a shiver of sharks and other fun names we have for groups of animals.

Snowy Owls Have Landed in Will County

The snowy owl was seen sitting atop a utility pole in Monee.

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