Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - May 07, 2020

Extra time? The birds are out there!

While human movement is currently restricted, spring bird migration is in full swing--and you need no orgranized acitivities to check it out.

Environmental Almanac - April 16, 2020

Perspectives on Earth Day

Are you wondering what to make of Earth Day during this time of social distancing? Tune for some perspective from some perspective from some local environmentalists.

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - February 13, 2020

Appreciating Illinois amphibians and the habitats that support them

It may be too early in the year to contemplate April showers bringing May flowers. But in much of Illinois heavy rains in late February and early March trigger an astonishing and ancient natural phenomenon—the annual congregation of amphibians in the waters where they breed.

Symplocarpus foetidus, or Skunk Cabbage, growing out of snow

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - February 06, 2020

Get out soon to find the first flower of spring

People who go looking for beauty in the woodlands of central Illinois tend to get excited about the months of April and May, when showy beauties like Virginia bluebells carpet the woodland floor. But if you wait until April to get out, you may already be a month late for the emergence of the first flower of spring.

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - January 30, 2020

It’s time to make woodchucks well-loved

How do you expand appreciation for an animal beyond a single day out of the year? Listen as U of I student Grace Finnell-Gudwien shares her interest in groundhogs.

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