Topic: The Nature Conservancy

  • 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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  • 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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  • A ghoulish monster: the hybrid cattail

    By Stuart Orr What plant do you picture when you think of wetlands? It’s likely that you picture cattails with their long green leaves and brown cylindrical flower spikes. Unfortunately, most of the cattails you see in wetlands and ditches today are an aggressive species that is rapidly choking out important habitat for native plants … 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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