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Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 12:00 am

Lessons from a 40-year study of the birds of Sangamon County

 Birds are at once well-known companions and elusive visitors. Many embark on enormous journeys, bringing with them the songs of spring and insights into the health of our surroundings. They belo
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Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:00 am

A fresh effort to care for Lincoln’s river

 Rivers have dictated the history of life itself, drawing to it animals, with humans in their wake. There are celebrated, legendary and notorious rivers – rivers that rage and those that range
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Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 12:00 am

Community gardens bring people together

An idea that is a good one never quite goes away. Instead it rides the waves of interest, research and possibilities – it grows and melds with the times. Such is the idea of community gardens an
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Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 am

Guy Sternberg’s arboretum demonstrates the value of native trees

Guy Sternberg planted his first trees when he was five years old – in his sandbox. The silver maple seeds he collected on the way home from kindergarten class would sprout and begin to grow. For
Home & Garden
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 12:00 am

Beautify your landscape while supporting wildlife with native plants

Early in the 20th century, Jens Jensen, the landscape designer of Springfield’s Lincoln Memorial Garden, and groups such as the Friends of Our Native Landscape and The Prairie Club, began extoll
News
Thursday, June 23, 2011 12:00 am

A grand reawakening for the Illinois River wetland wildlife preserve

In 2000, The Nature Conservancy purchased 7,100 acres of farmland approximately 55 miles northwest of Springfield near Havana and Lewistown, Ill., with the intent of returning it to a semblance of its
Feature
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 12:00 am

Dr. Sandra Steingraber imagines an Illinois that stops poisoning its people with cancer-causing chemicals.

Untitled Document Did you find your jeans, Sandy?” Feet are scurrying about upstairs. A faint “Yes” floats down the stairwell. Kay St
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Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007 12:00 am

Why aren't more of us commuting on two wheels?

Untitled Document A number of videos on YouTube and a recent article in the Wall Street Journal have featured a subject that obviously captivates everyone, from the hip to t
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Thursday, May 18, 2006 12:00 am

Life goes on at a troubled oxbow lake of the Illinois River

"Populations” and “communities” are ecological terms describing scientific premises, but the large groups of waterfowl resting on Lake DePue, chattering among themselves, s
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Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005 12:00 am

Archaeologists uncover the first evidence of an aboriginal bison kill in Illinois

The e-mailed invitation from Alan Harn, archaeologist at the Dickson Mounds Museum, is succinct and inviting: “Temperature and weather tomorrow look good for a day of bison snooping on

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