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  • Cicadas sit on a branch in a forest.

    What was life like since Brood XIII cicadas emerged? Take a trip down memory lane


    How much has changed since the Brood XIII cicadas last emerged in 2007? Well, back then the iPhone was brand new. And so was the Netflix streaming service. But not everything is much different than it was in 2007.

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  • Quiz: Test your beaver brainpower


    We all know the saying "busy as a beaver," but how much do you really know about these buck-toothed rodents?

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  • A bolt of lightning striking the ground in the distance.

    Nature curiosity: Why does grass look greener after a storm?


    It's not just rain that helps keep your grass green. Lightning plays a role too. 

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  • Quiz: How smart are you about salamanders?


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

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  • A cicada on a wall molts from its shell.

    Quiz: Test your cicada IQ


    How much do you know about cicadas? Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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  • A northern flicker sitting in the branches of a crabapple tree dusted with snow.

    The best trees to plant to attract winter wildlife


    When planning your spring plantings, consider incorporating trees that will be a draw for wildlife in the winter too.

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  • A side-by-side comparison of a European robin and an American robin both perched on tree branches.

    What's the difference?: American robin vs. European robin


    The robins we are so familiar with are called robins because they reminded early European settlers of the robins they were familiar with from their home countries.

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  • In May, meteors will be streaking across the night sky and Mercury will be visible


    In May, make sure to make time to view the eta Aquariids meteor shower and see Mercury at its greatest western elongation. 

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  • A cicada on a green leaf.

    If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em: How to cook with cicadas


    Billions or even trillions of cicadas are about to emerge after about 17 years underground, and you may be wondering what will happen to the bounty of bugs. Many animals will feast on the bugs, and you can safely sample them too.

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  • A person standing against a wooden fence with trees in the background.

    Meet the recreation coordinator: Em Wilcher wants to help you connect with nature


    Meet Em Wilcher, the Forest Preserve District's recreation coordinator. 

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Current Headlines

Public hearing scheduled for proposed $50 million Capital Improvement Program bond issue


A public hearing has been scheduled for June 6 for a proposed bond issue that would fund a 2025-2030 Capital Improvement Program. The $50 million bond issue would not result in a tax increase for the Forest Preserve portion of property tax bills because previously issued bonds have been paid off. In fact, taxes will decrease even with the bond issue. The money would be used to preserve land, connect trails and restore habitat.

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Bait shops will be open, Sugar Creek Administration Center closed for Memorial Day holiday


Monee Reservoir Visitor Center in Monee Township and the Tackle Box bait shop in Bolingbrook will both be open for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 27. Preserves, trails and dog parks also will be open. Other Forest Preserve visitor centers will be closed. 

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