Tag Archives: Conservation

NGRREC’s Field Station Bursts with Backyard Biodiversity

Some of you readers may know that I work for Lewis and Clark Community College at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) in East Alton, Illinois (Figure 1). If you’ve been reading for a little while, it … Continue reading

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Getting the Low Down on Salamanders

When you first see a salamander, you might mistake it for a lizard, but these guys are not reptiles. They are amphibians like frogs and toads. They have long bodies with very smooth skin, and species may have only 2 … Continue reading

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Recognizing Our Native Unstung Heroes

When you hear the word “bee,” I bet you think of the fuzzy, honey-making honeybee. But did you know that we have many different native species of bees here in the Midwest and around the country? In fact, there are … Continue reading

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Creating a Buzz about the Sweet Lives of Honeybees

I remember going out on sunny days and watching bees fly in and out of their hive; legs heavy with orange, yellow, red, or white pollen (Figure 1). If you haven’t guessed, our post today is about honeybees. Honeybees (Apis … Continue reading

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The Amazing American Eel: A journey from the Sargasso Sea

The American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) may be one of the most underappreciated fish in North America. They have an incredible life, go through many changes and adapt to different environments American Eels can be found from Greenland all the way down … Continue reading

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How to Attract Beautiful Winter Birds to Your Feeders

As winter approaches, we are not the only ones feeling the chill. Many birds have migrated south, but some are well adapted to the cold. One of the joys of winter, in my opinion, is seeing all these birds on … Continue reading

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Water Conservation & Urbanization: When water issues hit home, what can you do to help?

We love our cities and neighborhoods. The crisp, green lawns and bustling streets filled with people going to work, ballgames, festivals and concerts. But, urbanization has a big impact on our water quality, and engineers, scientists and policy makers work … Continue reading

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