Topic: Kankakee Sands

  • What you didn’t know about the grass family

    By Bria Fleming During the holidays, we spend time with friends and family. This holiday season, why not spend some time with another family: grasses (family name Poaceae)? This is a great time of year to study grasses, since the weather has turned colder and the landscape has turned browner and there are no more … Continued

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  • Coyotes are here

    Howling to the moon in the night, yelping to their peers in the distance…Evenings here at Kankakee Sands in Newton County, IN are often filled with a diverse group of sounds coming from our prairie restoration. The sound that catches my attention the most is the howl of the coyote! There are very few nights that … Continued

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  • Crayfish found here in Northwest Indiana

    By Evan Cox Crayfish are the freshwater cousins of lobsters that live right here in Newton County. Commonly fans of rocky stream bottoms, many live in our sandy ditches or ponds, munching on the vegetation and whatever else they can scavenge. Crayfish are sometimes called mudbugs, referring to a common habitat of theirs. We have … Continued

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  • Fireflies: The night light show

    One of the most iconic insects found worldwide is the beautiful firefly. These bugs bring about fond memories of warm summer nights and running around attempting to catch them, but releasing them soon after of course! Whether you call them fireflies or lightning bugs, they are in the family Lampyridae which contains over 2,000 species … Continued

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  • Birds of a Feather Flock Together

    By Lori Nussbaum  Flap flap flap flap…glide…flap, flap…glide…flap flap flap…and then the bird skillfully lands on the tallest nearby shrub in the open prairie. The male bird ruffles its black feathers while proudly showing off the red colored patches on its wings. This sharp color contrast easily catches one’s eye, and this bird all too … Continued

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