Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - January 17, 2019

All Welcome at Presentations on Waterway Health in Vermilion River Sysem

What do rain gardens, agriculture, and coal-burning power plants have in common? They all connect us with local waterways, which in turn connect us to the wider world. Presentations in the "All Connected" series at the University of Illinois this spring will explore how.

Environmental Almanac - December 20, 2018

Dark skies benefit people and wildlife

Most people understand that various products of human activity have the potential to harm wildlife when they’re released into the world, and we routinely call these products “pollutants.” Fewer people are accustomed to thinking of carelessly spread artificial light that way, but a growing body of evidence makes it clear we should.

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - October 12, 2018

Birding with my brother

In late winter of 1984 my younger (and only) brother, John, assigned me little bit of reading, the section called “Sky Dance” from the April entry in Aldo Leopold’s book, A Sand County Almanac. This was a bit of a switch in our relationship, since at the time I was a college senior majoring in English at Xavier University in our hometown of Cincinnati, and he was a junior majoring in wildlife management at Ohio State in Columbus—I was the one who assigned any mutual reading.

Sketch of chimney swifts from a 1913 publication for teachers in New York giving them material for "nature study."


Environmental Almanac - September 21, 2018

An appreciation for chimney swifts

One of the easiest birds for many people to see also attracts the least attention, and that's too bad because chimney swifts are fascinating creatures.

Chimney swifts dropping in to roost for the night.

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

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - September 14, 2018

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 female ruby-throated hummingbird hovering in front of a flower in a garden.

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - August 23, 2018

Appreciating Hummingbirds in Illinois

What weighs less than a nickel and can fly 500 miles in a single stretch? Tune for the scoop on the smallest bird you'll see in Illinois!

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - August 09, 2018

Grow Your Own Entertainment with Native Shrubs

What good is spicebush? For starters, it's beautiful. But beyond that, planting it can bring you the spectacle of spicebush swallowtail caterpillars developing in your yard.

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