Topic: Newton County

  • 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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  • The bitter truth about bittersweet

    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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