An Arctic ground squirrel peeks out from its burrow under the snow

Øivind Tøien

Environmental Almanac - February 06, 2014

We’re not alone coping with the cold

You’ve probably had about enough of winter by now. But other mammals have to find ways of coping with winter as well - from hibernation to energy storage to huddling together for warmth and to save energy.

A case from the James Fry insect collection, containing familiar moths and butterflies

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - January 30, 2014

Citizen scientists ensure insect collection put to good use

Members of the Illinois Grand PrairieMaster Naturalists help catalogue the contents of a collection of more than 2300 individual species of insects - and it’s critical that their identity is confirmed before being used for scientific and educational purposes

Mallard ducks in a creek

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - January 09, 2014

Enviromental Resolutions For 2014

"In 2014, I resolve to stay attuned to the local environment as I go about my business, and encourage others to cultivate their own appreciation for the wonders of the nearby natural world."

A pika, a small cold-climate mammal, looks up from a perch on a rock

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - 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

Environmental Almanac - 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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