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An Illinois River Almanac

Jason Haupt's Energy and Environment Blog

Sink Some Roots

Having roots in your community can have a lot of meanings.  But have you ever taken this phrase literally?  Do you have trees in your yard?  The roots that trees have provide a number of benefits to the communities that you live in and the tree's canopy can provide benefits to you.  Trees provide a number of benefits to the communities that you live in and to you as a home owner or resident....

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Bats are…

Bats are scary, gross and dangerous.  There are a lot of myths about bats and these myths have created fear of these unique creatures.  The fear of bats or Chiroptophobia is of concern as bats play an important role in the ecosystems in which they live. They also help to reduce the cost of farming.  It is estimated that bats in the US are worth more than $3.7 billion in reduced crop damage asso...

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The Only Good Snake…

I know that everyone has heard the phrase, “The only good snake is a dead snake”, but have you ever really thought about what purpose a snake serves?  Are the only good snakes dead?  I think the phrase should be changed to, “The only good snake is a hungry snake.” Many people think that snakes are scary, dangerous, slimy and all around unnecessary.  But that is not the case.  In fact, e...

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