Topic: Kankakee Sands

The Magic of the Merlin

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 in Birding, Indiana Dunes, Nature

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

Getting to the Bottom of Bison Genetics

Posted on Monday, November 13th, 2017 in Indiana Dunes, Nature

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

Catching Joy – Leopard Frogs

Posted on Monday, May 8th, 2017 in Hiking, Indiana Dunes, Nature

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

Bison – Facing Winter Head On

Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 in Indiana Dunes, Nature, Outdoor Adventures, Winter

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

The Bison are Coming! The Bison are Coming!

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 in Hiking, Indiana Dunes, Nature, Outdoor Adventures

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

Caterpillars in the Kitchen

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 in Nature, Outdoor Adventures

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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