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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Badgers?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

Pesticides Causing Brain Damage in Baby Bumblebees, Study Shows

Climate change and habitat loss aren't the only factors affecting bee population. A new study shows the use of pesticides called neonicotinoids can cause permanent brain damage in baby bumblebees.

Rare White Opossum Spotted in Wilmington

With scores of wildlife to be spotted around Will County, you never quite know what you'll spot while out in the great outdoors.

Follow These Tips for Safe Paddling and Boating Excursions

Don't hastily launch a vessel in the water without getting all of your safety measures in place.

In Honor of Arbor Day, 5 Mind-Blowing Facts About Trees

In honor of Arbor Day, here's a look at some of the many reasons we should appreciate trees.

10 Reasons to Appreciate Our Trees and Forests

Can’t see the forest for the trees? The trees in these forests are vital to our existence, but we often take them for granted.

Creature Feature: The Season-Announcing Spring Peeper

Soon, spring peepers will be calling out in the night, letting us know spring has arrived.

Things We Love: Those Fiercely Protective Crappies

Spring is spawning season for crappies, which offers an opportunity to get a good look at these fish.

What's The Difference?: Fox Snake vs. Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

Is that snake you saw a dangerous eastern massasauga rattlesnake or a nonvenomous fox snake? If you saw it in Will County, it was a fox snake. The massasauga does not live in Will County. In fact, no venomous snakes do.

Bring On The Birds With Native Plants

If you are looking to attract a wide variety of birds to your yard, one of the best ways is to fill your landscape with native plants

What You Need to Know About Those Invasive and Destructive Gypsy Moths

Not all moths and butterflies should be treasured. Some, like the gypsy moth, are invasive and are harming local habitats.

Who Will Win The Ultimate Animal Bracket Battle?

After the overwhelming success of our second annual 'Tournament of Birds,' we're branching out with a new animal bracket pitting two things against each other that people love and love to hate: cute and cuddly animals against creepy crawlies.

Goose Hooked With Fishing Line Gets Second Chance

Fishing line can be a death trap for wildlife and it's something we've seen play out over and over again in the preserves, but after some intervention Monday morning at Monee Reservoir, we're hopeful we've given one bird a chance at a full recovery.

What's The Difference?: Butterfly Vs. Moth

Is that a moth or a butterfly? Learn the clues to help you tell the difference.

Do You Have Bats Living Nearby? State Researchers Want To Know

If you know of bats living on your property or nearby, you can submit the information to researchers studying bats in Illinois.

Too Many Mosquitoes In Your Yard? Attract Dragonflies

Dragonflies can eat dozens of mosquitoes a day, so attracting them to your yard might help make your time outside more enjoyable.

Ultimate Tree Hugger Hunts for Champion Trees

Dave Shepard is on a mission to nominate Will County trees to the Illinois Big Tree Register

It’s Time to Stop Hating on Snakes

World Snake Day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate our serpents.

Skip The Sunbathing This Summer And Give Forest Bathing A Try Instead

Instead of sunbathing this summer, give forest bathing a try. All you need is a little free time and access to a forested or tree-covered spot.

Keep Your Distance: COVID-19 Info Signs Installed

Preserves and trails are open, but the Forest Preserve's new informational signs encourage everyone to spread COVID-19 prevention tips – not the germs.

Fishing Line Killed This Robin at Monee Reservoir; It Shouldn't Have

It's a scene that plays out too often in the preserves, but it's important to raise awareness of how deadly trash being left behind can be to wildlife.

Eyes To The Skies For Mercury's Elongation East of the Sun

The evening of June 4 provides an opportunity to view Mercury just after the sun sets.

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.

Quiz: Test Your Knowledge On Green Herons

Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

Dive Into This Quiz on Birds of Prey

How much do you know about these impressive creatures are built for hunting, with sharp beaks, strong talons and spectacular flying ability?

The Bird of All Seasons

No matter what the weather is like, woodpeckers seem to be active and are a special treat for bird-watchers.

How To Identify Bird Nests

There’s a lot of variation among size, shape and materials

Extremely Rare Sighting: Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks Land at Monee Reservoir

Based on eBird data, it is the first-ever reported sighting of a black-bellied whistling duck in Will County, although there have been occasional sightings in other parts of the Chicagoland area.

Myth Buster: Opossums Don't Really Hang By Their Tails To Sleep

Opossums are often depicted in cartoons as hanging upside down by their tails, but they aren't really able to do it for any length of time.

Watch: The Power of Nature as Told Through Timelapse Video

There are many ways to showcase the sheer power of nature and, while a photo or standard video can do the trick, there's nothing more magically jaw-dropping than a timelapse video.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Rabbits?

That time of year is upon us, when the local forest preserves and your yards could quite literally be littered with rabbits and their offspring.

In Search of ‘Sallys’

These secretive little creatures are a rare find for nature lovers.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Animals See in the Dark?

Each night as darkness falls, we begin to wind down our day, eventually settling in for sleep. For many animals, however, these same cues that signal the end of our day mean it’s time to start theirs.

Quiz: What's Your Garter Snake IQ?

Test your knowledge with this 10-question quiz.

Things We Love: Those Human-Friendly Cellar Spiders

Cellar spiders love to live in human habitats, but they're beneficial to us to.

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