Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar on a branch

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - May 07, 2015

Landscaping for wildlife with native plants

At last year’s plant sale by the conservation group Grand Prairie Friends, nearly 1,400 milkweed seedlings were sold. Why all the milkweed?  It’s the only genus of plants on which the caterpillars of monarch butterflies feed and develop. Knowing that monarch populations are in trouble, people here and across the country are doing what they can to create monarch havens in their own back yards.

Hooded Warbler singing on a tree branch

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - May 01, 2015

Embrace Your Inner Birder and Enjoy Spring Migration in Illinois

A variety of birds have been migrating through central Illinois since February. During the late winter and early spring something like 240 species of birds belonging to 39 families pass this way. But for most birders, the highlight of spring is songbird migration, and that becomes most intense over the next few of weeks.