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Kane County Veterans Memorial located at the Kane County Government Center campus in Geneva.

2024 Memorial Day Ceremonies/Events Across Kane County

​“Freedom is not free — It must be earned and preserved by each succee...
A handsome hover fly, which developed from a larva known as a rat-tailed maggot (or 'mousie' to ice fisher people) pauses on top of a flower. Photo credit:  iStock

Good Natured: Rat-Tailed Maggots

​As a little kid, I was really lucky...
On May 16, the Kane County Sheriff's Office announced it would step up enforcement efforts through Memorial Day weekend to remind motorists to "Click It or Ticket."

This Memorial Day, Click It - Don't Risk It

​​Summer is just around the corner, and while travel plans may vary, o...
Eastern phoebes show a preference for nesting in sheltered locations.  They'll also refurbish and reuse their nests, often returning to the same site year after year.  Credit:  iStock/Carol Hamilton

Good Natured: Eastern Phoebes

​Last month the St...
Cicadas are clumsy flyers that travel only short distances.  To figure out whether you should expect Brood XIII periodical cicadas in your neighborhood this year, look back to 2007.  If none existed then, they won't be there now either.  Credit: V. Blaine

Good Natured: History of Periodical Cicadas Will Repeat Itself

​Perhaps you've heard the adage, “Never let the truth get in the way o...
Periodical cicadas are predicted to emerge throughout northern Illinois in just a few weeks.  But will their appearance live up to all the hype?  Credit: Valerie Blaine

Good Natured: Periodical Cicadas

​In just a few weeks, one of the year's biggest natural phenomena will...
2024 Earth Day celebrations are being held throughout Kane County.

Earth Day Celebrations in Kane County

​Earth Day celebrations are taking place in a number of Kane County co...
As a female yellow-bellied sapsucker methodically drills her sapwells, two flies (left) arrive to inspect her progress and, soon, partake of a sweet treat.  Credit:  Banu R

Good Natured: Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

​Ten years ago I purchased a small shelving unit built by a local craf...
Danger, yellow bullheads! Danger!  The schreckstoff, or 'scary stuff' present in the skin cells of the fish in this heron's bill likely saved other bullheads from a similar fate.

Good Natured: Fish Alarm Chemicals

​“Ist das nicht eine Schnitzelbank...
After being counted, measured and sexed, tiger salamanders in the St. Charles Park monitoring program are released in their  breeding pond.  The presence of a healthy population of salamanders is an indicator of a healthy habitat.

Good Natured: Salamander Season

​My three-year-old self couldn't believe her eyes...
Odorous house ants' natural habitat is outdoors but, drawn by easy access to food and shelter, they often find their way into homes. Credit:  Wirestock

Good Natured: Odorous House Ant Part 2

​With Illinois' General Primary just around the corner, I'm inclined t...
Small bordering on teensy, Tapinoma sessile measures just under 1/8-in. in length.  Pictured here next to a toothpick, it's an ant that shows up regularly in houses each spring.

Good Natured: Odorous House Ant

​Every year or so, right around this time, the dedicated staff at Good...