Environmental Almanac - February 19, 2015

Urbana Park District: Balancing Needs of People and Wildlife

The ideal landscape for Canada geese includes a pond with an island in the middle, surrounded by a level monoculture of turf grass that slopes gently to the water’s edge. But such a landscape supports very little other native wildlife. Not that the geese would care much.

Participants at the Allerton Winter Tree Identification Hike looking up at a state champion 
swamp white oak

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - February 05, 2015

Learning to See Trees Through “New Eyes” at Allerton

Most people who can tell the difference between tree species in the summer have difficulty in winter because they’re naked — the trees, that is, not the people. The goal of the winter tree identification hike at Allerton Park goal was to teach participants other cues to tell them apart.