A bicentennial oak, one more than 200 years old

L. Brody Dunn

Environmental Almanac - October 16, 2014

Ancient Oaks Link Us to the Big Grove

When people think about the landscape of central Illinois prior to European settlement they tend to think “prairie,” vast expanses of flat land covered in tall grass and tall flowers. And for the most part, that image is accurate. But groves of trees intruded on the grasslands here and there, especially on the eastern edges of rivers and streams, creating natural breaks to prairie fires driven by winds from the west.

A muskrat swims in a creek

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - June 12, 2014

Appreciating Muskrats

What might a muskrat be doing in an urban park, just blocks from the center of town? Muskrats occupy a wide variety of aquatic and wetland habitats, including slow moving creeks near cities and towns.


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