A pika, a small cold-climate mammal, looks up from a perch on a rock
Rob Kanter
December 19, 2013

Why not make wildlife a topic of conversation?

‘Tis the season to stand awkwardly among people you may not see often, maintaining a smile and racking your brain for things to talk about. My gifts to you, dear reader, are questions to prompt conversation at a holiday party, questions about wildlife and wildlife experiences


A bat showing the patches of fungus distinctive of white-nose syndrome
Steve Taylor / UI Prairie Research Institute
November 07, 2013

Good news (kinda), bad news (very) from UI researchers about diseases in wild mammals

There's good and bad news regarding wildlife in Illinois - the bad is that white-nose syndrome is killing bats by the millions; the good news really is just less bad: a fatal chronic wasting disease affecting deer, moose, and elk,is coming under control thanks to a strategy implemented by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.


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