A boy and a girl in shallow water at the edge of a river. The girl has a dip net and bucket.

Rob Kanter

June 07, 2018 - Environmental Almanac

Stand up for the Middle Fork

The Middle Fork of the Vermilion River needs protection--tune in to learn what you can do to help.


A snapping turtle crosses a road

Rob Kanter

June 01, 2018 - Environmental Almanac

Appreciating Common Snapping Turtles [from the archive]

Two kinds of snapping turtles occur in North America, and both of them can be found in Illinois. Alligator snappers, which most people will never see, are listed as endangered, and they inhabit only larger rivers and streams in the southern part of the state, the Mississippi, Ohio and Wabash Rivers, and tributaries directly connected to them. In fact, no wild alligator snapping turtle was documented in Illinois for the thirty years between 1984 and 2014, when scientists from the Illinois Natural History Survey discovered one.



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