Tight shot of a gray squirrel perched on the edge of a dumpster. It's holding a half-eaten pancake in its front paws.

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - February 01, 2018

In defense of the eastern gray squirrel

Despite their heedless ways and the dangers posed to them by human traffic, squirrels are in no danger of extinction--so why do they deserve our attention? Tune in for an answer from University of Illinois student Laura Schultz.

Three people dressed for cold stand on a gravel road through a bare winter field looking into the distance through binoculars and a spotting scope.

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - December 21, 2017

Highlights from a Christmas Bird Count

Much of the pleasure of Christmas Bird Counts is discovering surprises. Tune in to learn what the author and his team found this year in Champaign County.

Head shot of a bull moose with antlers half-grown.

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - July 27, 2017

Moose, winter ticks, and climate change in New Hampshire

The statewide moose population in New Hampshire peaked at about 7,400 animals in the 1990s, but even then, moose numbers in the north country never reached levels biologists had anticipated the habitat could support. Why weren’t there more of them? And why did their numbers then begin dropping off?

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - May 11, 2017

Beyond milkweeds and monarchs

If you're interested to do your part for monarchs by planting milkweed in your garden, maybe you could be convinced to support other wildlife with beautiful native plants in your home landscape. Tune in for thoughts on the why and how of doing so.

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