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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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April Fools: The mimickers of the animal kingdom

Happy April Fools Day everyone! I’ve never been much of a pranker myself, but there are plenty of animal tricksters out there. Unlike us, they don’t try to trick others for fun. They do it for survival! Some animals mimic … 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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Shake off the Winter Blues by Taking in some Greenery

I don’t know about you, but I am suffering from severe cabin fever. I am craving the great outdoors and some green. So, I thought there would be no better topic than our wonderful national and state parks here in … Continue reading

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Close Encounters of the Non-native Kind

Let’s talk about plant invasions. You know the story. Spores of alien plants fall to Earth in meteors. The terrifying plants then stalk and attack mankind (Figure 1). Well, okay. Our plants are not from outer space, and they don’t … Continue reading

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