What does it mean when the grass is wet and dewy in the morning? Can it tell you anything about the weather to come?
Have you ever ridden a bike through a swarm of gnats and gotten a mouth full of bugs? There's a good reason why they congregate like that.
Squirrels and other rodents are incapable of vomiting. Why they can't is related to their anatomy and physiology.
You woke up to a blanket of fog covering the neighborhood, but where did it come from?
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?
For marsupials, only adult females have pouches, and they serve an important role in the reproductive process.
If you’ve thought to yourself 'Do birds have ears?,' well the answer to that question is both yes and no.
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?
Ever shiver at the sight of birds on the ice in the dead of winter? No need to worry. Geese and other waterfowl are built to withstand these harsh conditions.
The sound of a coyote howling in the night is enough to stop people in their tracks, but have you ever stopped to think about what they are saying?
Have you ever noticed that some snow is particularly sparkly or glittery? Scientists call it 'snow sparkle,' an effect caused by sunlight reflecting off ice crystals in the snow.
Birds flying in formation can be an awe-inspiring feat of nature, but how do the birds do it? And why?
Bees sting for a simple reason: to defend themselves from danger.
Spider silk is stronger than any other fiber on Earth, but how do these eight-legged creatures make it? They are specially equipped for making silk, with glands and structures designed for just that purpose.
Snakes are unique in that they shed their skin whole, a process called ecdysis. But why do they do this differently than other animals?
Birds don't hatch knowing how to fly. Much like babies learning to walk, learning to fly is a process for baby birds, one that often involves a lot of trial and error.
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.
Icy is slippery; it's one of those things people just know to be true, like water being wet. But the science behind this fact has only recently become well understood.
Next time you stop to smell the roses, or any other sweet-smelling flower for that matter, keep in mind that the fragrance isn't intended for you. Instead, the plants are trying to attract insects and birds to aid in pollination.
Deer can't escape the cold during a long, harsh winter, so how do they survive? They rely on a combination of adaptations and behavioral changes to make it through the cold winter months.
Birds' feathers make them unique in the animal kingdom, and those feathers help birds in many ways.
Can a bird survive with a broken beak? It often depends on where the injury is and how severe it is, as well as whether the bird can still eat.
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.
Woodpeckers can peck up to 12,000 times a day! So how do they do it without hurting their brains?
While it’s a common misconception that owls can turn their heads 360 degrees, they still can perform some pretty dramatic feats when it comes to checking out their environment
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.
If you've ever taken a walk outside after it rains, you know that worms tend to congregate above ground after wet weather. The reason why is a mystery, although scientists have a few theories.
How do beavers stay under water for so long? Their bodies are specially designed for it.
Deer antlers seem to grow overnight, and in reality they actually do. A buck's antlers can grow a quarter inch a day, but it's a process that requires a lot of energy.
How do turtles breathe while they are underwater all winter? By breathing through their butts, so to speak.
Hanging upside down for even a few seconds will leave anyone feeling dizzy and a little lightheaded, so how do bats do it?
Interpretive naturalist Suzy Lyttle took viewers on a nature exploration during the July 29 debut of "The Buzz," a new Forest Preserve show that will air monthly on Facebook, YouTube and local cable access stations.
With a new addition to the Blanding's turtle exhibit at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, the current crop of ambassador turtles will be getting a little help in educating the public on the plight of this state-endangered species.