Topic: Kankakee Sands

  • The Magic of the Merlin

      Guest post by Alyssa Nyberg of Kankakee Sands   Lately we’ve had sightings of merlins at Kankakee Sands. Magical wizards at Kankakee Sands?! That would be incredible! But, well, not exactly. The merlins that are being seen are of the avian sort. “Lady hawk” is another name given to this majestic, light-weight, swift bird … Continued

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  • Getting to the Bottom of Bison Genetics

    This guest post is by Alysa Nyberg, our awesome friend at Kankakee Sands.   Ten more bison have just arrived at Kankakee Sands! On the morning of the release, the doors of the trailer swung wide open and the new arrivals bounded out. The Kankakee Sands herd was there ready and waiting to greet them. … Continued

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  • Catching Joy – Leopard Frogs

    By Alyssa Nyberg   I vividly remember catching my first frog. I was nine years old and was visiting my cousin who lived in rural Ohio. My cousin had just caught a toad and after many tries, I caught a frog…a real frog! (My cousin had much more experience in frog and toad catching than … Continued

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  • Baby bison? It’s as cute as it sounds!

    Any day now, the calves will be born. We will continue to watch and wait patiently until that exciting day when the herd allows us to see the next generation of bison that will assist us in managing the prairies of Kankakee Sands.

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  • Bison – Facing Winter Head On

    by Alyssa Nyberg at Kankakee Sands   Ok, I think my family is ready. We have the woodstove going and plenty of firewood to keep the house warm; our winter coats, hats, mittens, and boots are all by the front door; and we have an extra-large supply of non-perishable goods in our pantry in the … Continued

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  • Cardinal Flower – Fire Engine Red

    My six-month stint as a seasonal Restoration Management Assistant at Kankakee Sands has come to an end. During the past six months, I’ve experienced so much. One memory that stands out was a July day on the prairie. We were working on creating trails for the Bison Overlook Area at Kankakee Sands in Unit K, … Continued

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  • The Bison are Coming! The Bison are Coming!

    This blog post was written by Alyssa Nyberg from Kankakee Sands. And we are just excited as she is to welcome bison to our area!   When the bison arrive at Kankakee Sands, I don’t know what I’ll do first. Jump for joy, grab a camera and start photographing, or just sit down and watch. Bison are due … Continued

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  • Caterpillars in the Kitchen

    By Samantha Kinsman When my sister and I were young, we used to take monarch caterpillars into our care and raise them to butterflies.  It was a complicated project, usually headed by my sister, that involved finding and collecting teeny tiny monarch eggs on common milkweed plants, monitoring the eggs until they hatched, and getting … Continued

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