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Living on the edge

Posted on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 in Uncategorized

By Alyssa Nyberg When we go for a walk in our woods, my daughter runs ahead and shouts out, “Mom, look, a moss!” We get down on our knees, feel the soft carpet of leaves and admire the moss’s green beauty. She has found a hair cap moss (Polytrichum species). We share a smile and … Continued

Eat, dig and be merry!

Posted on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 in Uncategorized

By Alyssa Nyberg In late November, while I was jogging through the restoration plantings of Kankakee Sands, I noticed a dark blob in the white snow on one of the roadsides. That blob was not there the evening before when I drove home from work. I dreaded what it might be. Would it be a … Continued


Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized

By Alyssa Nyberg I seem to get more hugs from my seven-year-old son in the month of October than I do any other month of the year. When I come home from work at the Kankakee Sands Native Plant Nursery, he wraps his arms around me and says, “Mmmmm, you smell like butter.” Actually, I … Continued

What you didn’t know about the grass family

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 in Nature

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

Coyotes are here

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 in Activities, Nature

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

Purple on the Prairie

Posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 in Activities, Nature

By Alyssa Nyberg As the mornings grow chilly, I like to enjoy a warm cup of tea outside, admiring the sea of yellows, browns and tans which covers the prairie this time of year. From somewhere within the folds of the prairie slowly comes a wave of brilliant purple. It is the New England aster … Continued

Fireflies: The night light show

Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015 in Nature

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

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Posted on Thursday, May 28th, 2015 in Activities

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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