A wide shot with foreground of short grass covered in fallen leaves; beyond that, 10 bulky black wild turkeys walk in a line across an asphalt parking lot, with a background of trees covered in leaves in shades of orange and red.

Rob Kanter

November 19, 2015 - Environmental Almanac

Celebrating the return of wild turkeys in Illinois

Worldwide, biodiversity loss continues to be one of the worst effects of human activity. But people also capable of restoring habitat and bringing native species back to places where they had been extirpated--witness the story of wild turkeys in Illinois.


A landscape shot depicting from behind a young woman atop a rock tower looking out over a forest with blue sky beyond.

Rob Kanter

October 15, 2015 - Environmental Almanac

Are we really in Illinois?

What can students experience on a weekend trip to southern Illinois? Cliffs, cypress swamps, venomous snakes--the whole Milky Way galaxy! Come along with us.


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

Rob Kanter

December 19, 2013 - Environmental Almanac

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


A bat showing the patches of fungus distinctive of white-nose syndrome

Steve Taylor / UI Prairie Research Institute

November 07, 2013 - Environmental Almanac

Good news (kinda), bad news (very) from UI researchers about diseases in wild mammals

There's good and bad news regarding wildlife in Illinois - the bad is that white-nose syndrome is killing bats by the millions; the good news really is just less bad: a fatal chronic wasting disease affecting deer, moose, and elk,is coming under control thanks to a strategy implemented by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.


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