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ECIMN 2015 Year in Review

Posted by Diane Wilhite -

ECIMN 2015 Year in Review   Sixty-one master naturalists attended the ECIMN annual meeting on November 7 at Homer Lake; top highlights of this year included: 126 East Central Illinois Master Naturalists reported volun...

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Deep Vents

Fear the Microbe: A Perfect Storm is Coming

Posted by Diane Wilhite -

I'm looking at myself and the world differently these days, after taking a course on creatures I can see only through a microscope. The view is both awe-inspiring and frightening. Fears first. University of Illinois researcher Claudia Reich says "perfect storm" conditions exist for awful things to happen to humans because of rogue microbes. In an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute course...

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Killdeer

The Killdeer - What an Actor!

Posted by Diane Wilhite -

The killdeer, Charadrius vociferus , is the shorebird that you can both see and experience without having to go to the beach. During the breeding season, these plovers are found on expansive lawn areas and gravel beds where there is a pond or lake or...

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