One of most common birds in North America, the killdeer has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to protecting its nest from potential threats.
Osprey or eagle? Learn what sets the osprey apart from other birds of prey.
The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy 'sky dances' and a weird walk to help them find food.
The American bullfrog is common in the lakes and ponds across Will County. Do you know how to identify it?
The groundhog becomes a celebrity each year on February 2, awakening from a months-long slumber to "predict" when winter will end. Beyond this annual ritual, most Americans know little about the groundhog.
The lovely luna moth is prized by many for its beauty. But there's more to these moths than just their outward appearance.
Snowy owls are a prized find among bird-watchers, because the beautiful birds are a sight to behold set against a wintry backdrop.
Coyotes try to remain unseen, hunting under the cover of darkness to protect themselves from being hunted.
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.
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.
These sly creatures are skilled hunters and adaptable to many habitats and environments, including rural, suburban and urban areas.
These birds are smaller than most falcons, known for their powerful flying and astute hunting abilities.
The great horned owl is most well known from storybooks and folklore, because it is the owl that makes the famous hooting call.
Opossums are so ugly that they're cute, but beyond their appearances we should appreciate them for their amazing pest control abilities.
Most of us think of turkey as the star of the Thanksgiving table, but these birds live among us too, right in our own forests and prairies.
With their long legs and necks and striking plumage, great blue herons somehow manage to be both gangly and graceful all at once. These birds are commonly seen throughout Will County, particularly near water.
With its crimson cap and stunning black and white wings, the red-headed woodpecker is a beauty among birds.
Sandhill cranes are a magnificent sight, whether flying overhead or congregating in prairies and fields, but we often realize the birds are nearby because we hear them before we see them.
September and October are the most common times to see these intriguing insects.
Test your knowledge on bullfrog basics by answering these 10 questions.
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Are you an expert on opossums? Take this 10-question quiz to find out.
Find out your luna moth knowledge by answering these 10 questions.
When you visit the preserves, 'Don't Be A Jerk,' a new Forest Preserve education campaign advises.
From eagle eyes to Benjamin Franklin, dive into these offbeat facts.
Where in the world is Willy the Woodchuck? Search for him on his new website or follow him on Facebook for tons of nature fun.
Learn what you should do if you come across a coyote in a preserve, especially during the upcoming mating and pupping seasons.
One thing is certain: Nobody likes a jerk in the preserves, and that's confirmed by the response we've seen to 'Don't Be A Jerk,' the Forest Preserve District's big, bold multimedia campaign.