Topic: Alyssa Nyberg

  • Yum! Violets

    By Alyssa Nyberg Oh those March showers have brought ever so many violet flowers. Our prairies and savannas at Kankakee Sands are covered in violets right now and yum, it is absolutely delicious to my eyes. The vibrant purple, amidst the wash of bright green which covers the landscape is so lovely. And as my … Continued

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  • Of whip-poor-wills and sand prairie phlox

    By Alyssa Nyberg Tonight, as I make the final edits to this article on sand prairie phlox, a whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferous) sings softly outside my window. The repetitive song is music of hope to me. Whip-poor-will populations have declined precipitously in the last 50 years, and many folks no longer hear whip-poor-wills singing in their … Continued

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  • Oak trees: More than acorns and limbs for tire swings

    By Alyssa Nyberg In rural Northwest Indiana, we are lucky that majestic oaks are still a prominent feature of our outdoor world. In fact, oaks grow so prolifically in our sandy soils that they sometimes seem like weeds! There are twelve species of oak found here, the most common being the black oak (Quercus velutina), … Continued

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  • Fondness for a Flower: Rattlesnake Master

    By Alyssa Nyberg November is the month to give thanks for things we are fond of…for friends, family and of course, for flowers! Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium) is a favorite flower of the prairies. It doesn’t just have a great name, it also attracts a wide variety of insects and songbirds. Additionally, rattlesnake master is … Continued

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  • See birds and flowers during free hikes

    The Nature Conservancy will be hosting the 3rd Annual Flowers and Feathers Program at Kankakee Sands. on Thursday, May 1 and Saturday, May 17, 2014. There will be easy walks along the edges of the prairie and wetlands of Newton County, viewing such birds as the Henslow’s sparrow, Blue grosbeak and the Upland sandpiper.  Bring … Continued

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