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Creature Feature: The Crafty Killdeer

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.

Creature Feature: The Awesome Osprey

Osprey or eagle? Learn what sets the osprey apart from other birds of prey.

Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

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.

Creature Feature: The Boisterous Bullfrog

The American bullfrog is common in the lakes and ponds across Will County. Do you know how to identify it?

Creature Feature: The Season-Predicting Groundhog

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.

Creature Feature: The Lovely Luna Moth

The lovely luna moth is prized by many for its beauty. But there's more to these moths than just their outward appearance.

Creature Feature: The Stunning Snowy Owl

Snowy owls are a prized find among bird-watchers, because the beautiful birds are a sight to behold set against a wintry backdrop.

Creature Feature: Coyotes, the Opportunistic Eaters

Coyotes try to remain unseen, hunting under the cover of darkness to protect themselves from being hunted.

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.

Creature Feature: The Powerful Snapping Turtle

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.

Creature Feature: The Cunning and Clever Red Fox

These sly creatures are skilled hunters and adaptable to many habitats and environments, including rural, suburban and urban areas.

Creature Feature: The Elusive, Fast Flying Merlin

These birds are smaller than most falcons, known for their powerful flying and astute hunting abilities.

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.

Creature Feature: Opossums Are Nature's Pest Control

Opossums are so ugly that they're cute, but beyond their appearances we should appreciate them for their amazing pest control abilities.

Creature Feature: The Big, Colorful Wild Turkey

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.

Creature Feature: The Gangly and Graceful Great Blue Heron

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.

Creature Feature: The Striking Red-headed Woodpecker

With its crimson cap and stunning black and white wings, the red-headed woodpecker is a beauty among birds.

Creature Feature: The Tall, Bulky and Elegant Sandhill Crane

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.

Creature Feature: Praying Mantis is Perfectly Designed for Hunting Prey

September and October are the most common times to see these intriguing insects.

Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on Bullfrog Basics

Test your knowledge on bullfrog basics by answering these 10 questions.

Quiz: Are You Savvy About Snapping Turtles?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

Quiz: Are You an Expert on Opossums?

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

Quiz: What's Your Luna Moth IQ?

Find out your luna moth knowledge by answering these 10 questions.

Forest Preserve Rolls Out ‘Don’t be a Jerk’ Campaign

When you visit the preserves, 'Don't Be A Jerk,' a new Forest Preserve education campaign advises.

Five Things You Probably Don't Know About Bald Eagles

From eagle eyes to Benjamin Franklin, dive into these offbeat facts.

Woodchuck Mascot Branches Out with New Website

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.

What You Need to Know About Coyote Mating Season

Learn what you should do if you come across a coyote in a preserve, especially during the upcoming mating and pupping seasons.

'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Rolls On, Gets A Bit Trashy

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.

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