Tight shot of a great blue heron's head and neck with dull gray background.

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - January 06, 2017

Enviro Resolutions for 2017

Do your New Year's resolutions include time outdoors? Environmental activism? This week's segment voices a commitment to both for 2017.

Seven college students, dressed for cold, stand in a line at a rally. One speaks into a megaphone and others hold signs.

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - December 20, 2016

Standing together for access to clean water

What distinguishes our water supply, the Mahomet Aquifer, from the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Missouri River? On what moral ground do people deny others the right to clean water at the same time they demand that right for themselves?

A side-view of robust, all black bird at the top of a tree with a small brown nut held in its bill against a background of clear blue sky.

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - November 14, 2016

People wonder, what do crows think?

If you're interested in animal intelligence, you're in good company. This week's installment highlights some of the amazing things researchers are learning about crows. You'll never hear "bird-brain" as an insult again.

A small bat with fuzzy white fungus on its muzzle clings to a rock surface.

Environmental Almanac - November 07, 2016

No good news when it comes to white-nose syndrome and bats

Before white-nose syndrome arrived, which was only a decade ago, I enjoyed explaining why bats are so amazing in hopes that listeners would come to love, or at least appreciate them. Today, I can only present the grim news of white-nose syndrome’s progress.

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - October 27, 2016

Appreciating bats before white-nose syndrome

Back in 2007, my children came into the studio with me to record a segment on bats as a way of celebrating Halloween. Hearing their young voices in that is an enjoyable trip down memory lane for me. But I want you to hear it today for another reason. At the time we recorded this segment, we were entirely unaware that a pathogen capable of killing bats on a massive scale had arrived in the U.S. So think of this as a happy, “before” piece. Next week, then, I’ll tell you about the “after.”   

Environmental Almanac - October 13, 2016

Appreciation for BEAR

Envision a world in which sea level has risen twelve feet. Do we start building super seawalls? Or something else. Deke Weaver exhorts us to "bring back the bears."

A bicentennial oak, one more than 200 years old

L. Brody Dunn

Environmental Almanac - September 29, 2016

Ancient Oaks a Living Link to 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.

Tight shot of a hummingbird, iridescent green above and white below, perched on the edge of a red plastic feeder.

Rob Kanter

Environmental Almanac - September 16, 2016

Late summer a great time to appreciate nature close to home

Even though there’s time on the calendar before Autumn begins officially, we’ve passed some important marks on the cultural calendar. Labor Day is a memory, the new school year is in full swing, and the season of traveling to outdoor destinations is over. For me, that means it’s a great time to renew appreciation for the undramatic nature that surrounds us every day.

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