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Nature

Forest preserve offerings migrate online to entertain nature lovers

A video about migrating American white pelicans, which travel through Illinois, is offered by the Forest Preserve District of Will County.
A video about migrating American white pelicans, which travel through Illinois, is offered by the Forest Preserve District of Will County.

Online offerings provide fun and educational nature-related diversions for people to enjoy from their homes, announced the Forest Preserve District of Will County.

A wealth of material offers information for virtual visitors of all ages via social media and the Forest Preserve’s website at ReconnectWithNature.org.

• Willy’s Wilderness [WillysWilderness.org], a kid-oriented website, features fun things to do and nature facts. “Try It” activities listed on the site are Ivory Soap Is All You Need to Make Your Own Clouds; Ready, Set, Launch: Make Your Favorite Critters Fly; and Turn Your Old DVDs and CDs Into Outdoor Art. Current stories focus on spring peepers, why marsupials have pouches and the swans of Will County.

• The News and Events section on the website includes current headlines, as well as in-depth features and videos. Check out the Big Picture section for information on all kinds of creatures and seasonal changes. The Buzz offers Creature Features, quizzes and a timely Tournament of Birds patterned on the NCAA tournament, but starring avian players.

• Forest Preserve social media platforms are a fun way to stay in touch with nature. Check out the District’s Will County Wildlife page at Facebook.com/groups/WillCountyWildlife, or the Forest Preserve’s other social media accounts.

• And if you’re looking to escape with beautiful pictures of wildlife, try the District’s bird-focused Twitter accounts at @TodaysBird, @WildlifeoftheDay and @TodaysBaldEagle.

• The website at ReconnectWithNature.org/news-events/videos and YouTube account feature moments-of-zen videos that provide welcome stress relief, plus additional videos covering a wide range of topics including backyard birds, American white pelican migration, beehives and sounds of nature among the subjects.

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