Rob Kanter holds a Middle Fork smallmouth bass
G.K. Appler
March 13, 2014

Speak out to protect the Middle Fork

The Middle Fork of the Vermilion River is the only Illinois waterway with the designation “National Wild and Scenic River.” But there's a potential accident waiting to happen: a shuttered Dynegy power plant to the north contains three ponds of toxic coal ash in the river's floodplain. These are virtually guaranteed to wind up in the river eventually as the Middle Fork itself meanders toward these coal ash ponds


A Skunk Cabbage grows out of the snow
Rob Kanter
February 27, 2014

On the hunt for first flower of spring

The “skunk cabbage,” is a plant that lives up to its name, giving off a distinct, skunk-like odor. But this distinct early spring flower also distinguishes itself from all other plants native to Illinois by the fact that it generates heat--enough so that its flower can remain 36 degrees F warmer than the surrounding air for a period of about two weeks.


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


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