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Our roadsides tell a story

Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 in Nature

By Alyssa Nyberg As the snow that covers our roadsides finally begins to melt away, I can’t help but wonder what treasures we will find. Although we drive them every day, our roadsides are one of the most commonly overlooked natural spaces in our communities. Our roadsides tell a story. They tell about the present … Continued

See birds and flowers during free hikes

Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 in Nature

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

The bitter truth about bittersweet

Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 in Nature

American Bittersweet photo by R. W. Smith By Stuart Orr Invasive species are seemingly everywhere—our forests, prairies and rivers—but in our decorative wreaths?  Unfortunately, yes. Bittersweet vines have long been used as fall and winter decorations.  Originally, the American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) was used, but increasingly the non-native, invasive Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) is being … Continued

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