Wild Things

Tune in to hear about nature and all things wild on "Wild Things" by members from our Community Services & Education team. 

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Wild Things: Spring Trout Opener and Creel Limit Changes

Ranger Adam Carlson talks about the spring trout opener, creel limit changes, and the best spots to fish in the DuPage forest preserves.
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Wild Things: Handling Encounters with Canada Geese

Willowbrook Wildlife Center naturalist Stephanie Touzalin gives practical tips on how to handle encounters with nesting Canada geese, which can sometimes get aggressive as they protect their families.
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Wild Things: Dealing with Critters in Your Home

Willowbrook Wildlife Center naturalist Stephanie Touzalin gives practical tips for dealing with critters in your home, and how to keep them out.
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Wild Things: The District's First Forest Preserve

York Woods is "Forest Preserve No. 1" for the District, purchased in 1917 to make way for a road.
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Wild Things: Nurture Nature by Volunteering with the Forest Preserve District

Get outdoors and pursue your love of nature by volunteering through one of the District's 11 volunteer programs. No matter your availability, we've got a program for you.
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Wild Things: The District's Largest Forest Preserve

Pratt's Wayne Woods is the largest forest preserve in DuPage County and features diverse species of plants and animals.
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Wild Things: District Urges Anglers to Properly Dispose of Fishing Line

District provides recycling stations for anglers to dispose of discarded fishing line that poses danger to wildlife.
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Wild Things: Kettles, Moraines and Kames in DuPage County

Naturalist Abby Dean talks about how you can find evidence of glaciers in DuPage forest preserves thousands of years after the glaciers shaped the landscape.
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Wild Things: Sign Up Kids Now for Fun Summer Day Camps

Naturalist Abby Dean talks about the fun outdoor adventures kids can have with the District's fun summer day camps.
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Wild Things: In Search of the Elusive Mink

Naturalist Abby Dean talks about the elusive mink and provides tips about how to spot them in the preserves.
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Wild Things: A Little Love for the Muskrat

Naturalist Abby Dean talks about muskrats and provides tips for how to tell them apart from beavers.
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Wild Things: Beavers and Flying Squirrels in DuPage County?

Willowbrook Wildlife Center naturalist Stephanie Touzalin gives you clues about how to spot beavers and flying squirrels in the preserves.
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Wild Things: Give Animal Tracking a Try

Willowbrook Wildlife Center naturalist Stephanie Touzalin talks about how winter is the perfect time to track animals in the preserves.
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Wild Things: Join Us for the Annual Christmas Bird Count Dec. 17

Willowbrook Wildlife Center naturalist Stephanie Touzalin talks about the 117th annual Christmas bird count and how you can be part of it.
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Wild Things: What Does a Naturalist Do?

Naturalist Abby Dean talks about what a forest preserve naturalist does.
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Wild Things: What Visitors Need to Know About Drone Use in DuPage Forest Preserves

Remote-controlled drones may be growing in popularity, but there are some things you need to know before using them in DuPage forest preserves.
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Wild Things: Listen and Look for Migrating Sandhill Cranes

The annual migration of sandhill cranes marks the transition from fall to winter.
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Wild Things: Owls Are Active in Forest Preserves in Fall and Winter

Naturalist Abby Dean talks about owl activity in the preserves in the fall and winter.
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Wild Things: Increased Skunk Activity in the Fall

Willowbrook Wildlife Center naturalist Stephanie Touzalin talks about how fall is a busy time for skunks in DuPage County.
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Wild Things: Monarch Butterflies Start a Long Migration

Willowbrook Wildlife Center naturalist Stephanie Touzalin talks about the final peak of monarch butterfly activity in the area before they migrate south.
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Wild Things: What Does a Forest Preserve Ranger Do?

It's one of the most-asked questions that Ranger Adam Carlson gets: What does a ranger do? Listen in as Carlson explains on this Wild Things segment.
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Wild Things: Archers Welcome at Blackwell Archery Range

Ranger Adam Carlson talks about the popular sport of archery in the DuPage forest preserves.
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Wild Things: GPS-Enabled Treasure Hunters Welcome in Preserves

Ranger Adam Carlson talks about the fun sport of geocaching in the forest preserves.
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Wild Things: Dealing with Invasives

Ranger Adam Carlson talks about the impact of invasive species on the native habitat in DuPage County.
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Wild Things: Paddling in DuPage County

Ranger Adam Carlson talks about the myriad fishing options available to anglers in the DuPage forest preserves.
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Wild Things: Keep Eyes Open for Snakes

Naturalist Abby Dean talks about the snakes you may encounter in DuPage preserves.
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Wild Things: The Value of Prairie Ecosystems

Naturalist Abby Dean talks about the importance of preserving prairie ecosystems in DuPage County.
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Wild Things: Watch for Wading Birds in Ponds, Rivers and Streams

Naturalist Abby Dean talks about wading birds such as herons, egrets and bitterns.
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Wild Things: District Lends a Hand to Pollinators and So Can You

Willowbrook Wildlife Center manager Sandy Fejt talks about what to do to help pollinators.
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Wild Things: Turtles on the Move

Willowbrook Wildlife Center naturalist Stephanie Touzalin talks about what to do if you encounter turtles in the roadway.
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Wild Things: Advice on What to Do with Orphaned Wildlife

Willowbrook Wildlife Center naturalist Stephanie Touzalin talks about what to do if you encounter wildlife babies.
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Wild Things: Plenty of Fishing Options in DuPage County Forest Preserves

Ranger Adam Carlson talks about the myriad fishing options available to anglers in the DuPage forest preserves.
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Wild Things: A Reminder about Trail Etiquette in the Preserves

Ranger Adam Carlson reminds visitors about proper trail etiquette.
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Wild Things: Mammoth Discovery on Display at Fullersburg Woods

Ranger David Sima talks about the mammoth discovery unearthed at McKee Marsh at Blackwell Forest Preserve in 1977 is on display now at Fullersburg Woods.
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Wild Things: Pileated Woodpeckers Becoming More Common

Ranger David Sima talks about what's behind increased sightings of pileated woodpeckers in the DuPage forest preserves.
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Wild Things: It's Not Too Early to Spot Hummingbirds

Naturalist Abby Dean provides fascinating facts and helpful tips for spotting hummingbirds.
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Wild Things: District Continues Improvements at Oak Meadows

Ed Stevenson, District director of golf operations, provides an update on the Oak Meadows golf restoration project, which started in July 2015.
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Wild Things: Spring Ephemerals

Naturalist Abby Dean talks about these beautiful spring blooms that capture your heart and can be found in our preserves.
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Wild Things: They're Wily But Not Really a Threat

Naturalist Ron Skleney talks dispels myths about coyotes and provides tips to protect your pets from them.
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Wild Things: Endangered Turtles Get a Headstart from Forest Preserve District

Ecologist Thompson talks about Blanding’s turtle dynamics and our efforts to headstart their populations in the preserves.
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Wild Things: Forest Preserve Gives You a Chance to Get Sticky

Naturalist Abby Dean talks about the science behind the production of sap in trees.
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Wild Things: Restoration Projects Enhance Forest Preserves

Ranger Adam Carlson discusses habitat restoration at St. James Farm, Oak Meadows and Churchill Woods.
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Wild Things: Birding During the Winter Months

Fullersburg Woods Naturalist Abby Dean talks winter birding.
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Wild Things: Citizen Scientists Offer a Wealth of Data

Naturalist Ron Skleney discusses the importance of citizen science in our forest preserves.
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Wild Things: Layer Up and Head Outside

Ranger Dave Sima gets us thinking about dressing in layers before heading outdoors.
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Wild Things: Where Do Reptiles and Amphibians Go in Winter?

Naturalist Stephanie Touzalin tells us where frogs, turtles and snakes take refuge.
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Wild Things: Winter's Sleepers, Nappers and Snackers

Naturalist Abby Dean discusses how mammals adapt to cold temperatures.
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Wild Things: Forest Preserve District Celebrates Winter

Ranger Adam Carlson talks winter and seasonal activities scheduled for "Wonders of Winter."
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Wild Things: Take a Walk on Snow

Ranger David Sima offers tips on snowshoeing in the preserves.
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