Author Discusses the Joys of the Tallgrass Prairie — Nature in Chicagoland

Willa Cather, one of my favorite authors, once described the Midwest (especially Nebraska) as a “Sea of Grass.” But farms, miles of pavement, and cities and suburbs have replaced much of this vast ecosystem. This is especially true in Illinois, which is misleadingly known as the “Prairie State.” Approximately 60 percent of Illinois, or about […]

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Bird’s ID – Ruddy Turnstone — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101

Ruddy Turnstone The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is a small wading bird, one of two species of turnstone in the genus Arenaria. The scientific name is from Latin. The genus name arenaria derives from arenarius, “inhabiting sand, from arena, “sand”. It is now classified in the sandpiper family Scolopacidae but was formerly sometimes placed in […]

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Go back the time — Le Drake Noir

Carcassonne is a french fortified city in the department of Aude. Inhabited since the neolithic period, better known as the stone age. Historic area with a huge strategic location and important trade routes, Linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean sea – and the Massif Central to the Pyrénées. It was added to the UNESCO list […]

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‘Pollen tsunami’: Why allergies seem to get worse every year — NBC News Top Stories

About one in five Americans suffer from allergies triggered by pollen, and if you’re one of them, you might feel like your allergies are getting worse every year. Unfortunately, you’re right.

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Asilomar — Walking with Aki

It’s still sunny as I wind down Pacific Grove streets to the beach at Asilomar. Sunlight shines off the coats of two very tame deer eating ice plant near the road. Living here has taught them to ignore men on two wheels. They have never been prey, just potential victims of one of the autos […]

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In Colombia’s Coca Heartland, Photos And Drawings Show Life Between War And Peace — News : NPR

A Venezuelan photographer travels to a Colombian coca-growing region and uses instant photography and drawings to portray a country in limbo.(Image credit: Fabiola Ferrero)

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Bellllyyyy Floooop! — Through Open Lens

F/11.0, 1/500, ISO 320. Bufflehead Duck Why are hairdressers never late for work? Because they know all the short cuts! Interesting Fact: Bufflehead nest only in cavities, using holes dug by Northern Flickers and sometimes Pileated Woodpeckers (as well as artificial nest boxes). In the summer, females that are too young to breed, or whose nests […]

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