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One Bat, Two Bat

One Bat, Two Bat By Alyssa Nyberg This spring we were delighted to look up and find that our furry, winged, big brown bat mascot was hanging upside down again this year in the rafters of the Kankakee Sands seed processing barn. Ah! Some normalcy in these craziest of times! The big brown bat…

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Is That a Viceroy or a Monarch?

Is That a Viceroy or a Monarch? By Alyssa Nyberg In early September, our Kankakee Sand prairies are aflutter with orange on yellow, white and purple. Monarch and viceroy butterflies are nectaring on goldenrods, bonesets, and ironweed, and it is one of the prettiest sights to be seen! Both the…

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The Upside-Down Bird With the Strange Song

The Upside-Down Bird With the Strange Song By: Alyssa Nyberg If you think saying the word “bobolink” is fun, you’d be right! Even more fun is seeing the bird itself. It’s the male bobolink ( Dolichonyx oryzivorus ) that will turn your mind upside down. Many birds, such as bluebirds or chickadees, are…

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Sedges Are a Buffet for Bison in the Indiana Dunes

Sedges Are a Buffet for Bison in the Indiana Dunes By Alyssa Nyberg This July we will be busy with harvesting hundreds of pounds of sedge seeds to include in this year’s prairie planting at Kankakee Sands. We will be harvesting twelve different sedges, each one so unique, and really quite lovely…

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Dung Beetles and Bison!

Dung Beetles and Bison! By Alyssa Nyberg We often talk about the types of plants that our Kankakee Sands bison are eating, and how that will affect the prairies. What we rarely talk about is what is happening at the other end of the bison. Bison poop, bison patties, dung, feces, meadow…

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Top Ways to Go Beyond the Beach this Year

Have you set a New Year’s resolution to try something new this year? Or perhaps you’re reading this in June and laughing at the thought of keeping your resolutions but still ready to get outdoors? We have seven awesome ways to go beyond the beach in the Indiana Dunes area. So shake off the sand and…

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The Magic of the Merlin

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 because, in medieval…

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Getting to the Bottom of Bison Genetics

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. The two groups sniffed noses, trotted around in excitement and then off…

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Horror at Kankakee Sands!

There is nothing scary about an October walk through the prairies at Kankakee Sands . . . until you look down at your pants. Gasping in shock and horror, you realize that your pants are covered in seeds! I admit it is a bit of a nightmare to find your clothing littered with a variety of seeds. And…

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Catching Joy - Leopard Frogs

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…

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