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Kankakee County sits nicely between two publicly-accessible conservation bison herds — The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands. I have been lucky to be able to work at both sites over my career so far. READ MOREBison calves and reflection

Early spring here in the Midwest sometimes seems like nature has problems making decisions. Warm days, cool nights, and even snow and freezing temperatures keep eager gardeners on their toes as they prepare their plots and bestow excessive care on their new trays of spring plants while impat… READ MOREWarmer days

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This spring, I decided to re-read “The Wind in the Willows,” a children’s novel by Kenneth Graham. It had been many years since I first read this story as a child — the story of a mole, water rat, toad, and badger that have wild adventures in the countryside. READ MOREThe wildlife in the willows

Every two years the Wild Things Conference is held in the Chicago Region. This year it was on Feb. 25 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center up by O’Hare International Airport, and it was packed with a couple thousand nature enthusiasts. READ MOREWild Things 2023

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A light and steady snow floated out of the chilled gray January sky onto the open waters along the Illinois-Indiana border. Hundreds of greater white-fronted geese and a small number of tundra and trumpeter swans here for at least part of the winter were resting and feeding. READ MOREOpen water

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Penn has given the Ivy League a team in an NCAA Tournament regional final for the second straight year. The Quakers held off Samford 5-4. No. 2 national seed Texas Tech beat No. 2 national seed Florida 5-4. That leaves the Gators a loss away from getting eliminated on their home field for a third straight year. Tennessee reached the final at No. 4 Clemson after beating the Tigers 6-5 in 14 innings to end their 17-game win streak. No. 14 Indiana State moved within a win of its first super regional with a 7-4 win over Iowa.