Environment

Ten Signs of a Warming World

Jul 11, 2020


Student Video Competition

Jul 4, 2020


Let's Use This Crisis to Build Back Better

Jun 27, 2020


Cicadas - 'A Treasure To The Midwest'

Jun 25, 2020

Annual or "dog-day" cicadas emerge throughout the summer every year and buzz all summer long. Chances are you have already started to hear them along with a sub-brood of periodical cicadas, which are part of the large Marlatt's XIII brood.

In northern Illinois, the Marlatt's XIII brood of periodical cicadas emerges every 17 years, all at once. Right now, these creatures are still under the ground and we won't see them emerge until May 2024. In the southern parts of the state, the periodical cicadas emerge every 13 years.

Illinois is home to many animals, but bears aren't one of them. But there is one American black bear making its way through the state and it's probably a male.

Stefanie Fitzsimons is a district wildlife biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. She said it's mating season for black bears and that males are the wanderers for any species.

"This time of year, the males get kicked out of their dens to go find their own mates and their own territories," she said. "We obviously don't have the mates for it so it is continuing its journey south."

Summer Education

Jun 20, 2020


Ride and Seek

Jun 13, 2020



Switching to Solar

May 30, 2020


US Army Corps of Engineers

A popular recreation area on the Mississippi River is included in a major restoration project being planned by the US Army Corps of Engineers and several other agencies. Public comments are now being accepted for the Steamboat Island Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project.

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