Check out these amazing images captured by our local photographers. ...

Our neatly manicured lawns may be a source of pride, but at what cost to our wildlife? Jamie Johannsen explains why it's time for a new mindset in residential landscaping. ...

Few city parks earn the designation of Illinois Nature Preserve, but part of Dixon's Lowell Park beats the odds. Learn why its caretakers believe they have a gem that deserves protection. ...

Our woodlands bear little resemblance to the original forests encountered by settlers here in the 1800s. But to understand the fate of the forests and the plants and animals within, we must see them as complex ecosystems. ...

Get to know our area's amazing diversity of animal species. Here are a few of our wild neighbors. ...

From its start in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin to its connection with the Rock River near Rockton, Ill., the muddy Pec offers sanctuary to unique wildlife. Jim Johannsen looks at the features that distinguish this river. ...

Rockford photographer David C. Olson is no stranger to danger, when it comes to photographing wildlife. Follow him on his latest adventure, capturing wild bears in Alaska, and see his breathtaking shots. ...

Long recognized as a sanctuary for diverse plant and animal species, the Kishwaukee is one of the highest-quality rivers in Illinois. Learn how the 'Kish' is vulnerable to encroaching development and how we can protect it. ...