University of Illinois Extension
The Illinois Steward

Spring 2008

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Volume 17, Number 1
Spring 2008

Featuring the Master Naturalist Pages

For this spring's issue, instead of showing one of our regular articles, we are featuring the Master Naturalist Pages. These pages will be included in every issue. While they are written to give additional background information to main articles and to bolster the knowledge of Master Naturalists enrolled in this new University of Illinois Extension program, the content can inform and entertain all readers of The Illinois Steward. Enjoy!

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The Editors...

In a Place Called Illinois: War Bluff Valley Sanctuary

Takes us on a visit to a southern Illinois bird sanctuary
Susan L. Post

Life’s Journey — From a Quest for Knowledge to a Passion for Preservation

Recounts the birding careers of Richard and Jean Graber.
Marilyn F. Campbell

The New Illinois Statewide Bird Survey

Relates some findings of the current bird survey.
Michael P. Ward, Jeffrey Walk, Steven Bailey, and Jeffrey Brawn

The Rites of Passage—Spring Migration of Waterfowl in Illinois

Shares the excitement of a spring waterfowl migration.
Stephen P. Havera and Michelle M. Horath

The Future of Wetland Birds in Northeastern Illinois

Shows how wetland management influences bird populations.
Michael P. Ward, Brad Semel, and James Herkert

Birds of Conservation Concern

Gives a sense of how bird species are doing throughout Illinois.
Judy Pollock

FOCALPOINT: To Be a Photographer

Shares the frustrations of missed photo opportunities.
Michael R. Jeffords

Master Naturalist Pages

Black-Backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus)

Robert J. Reber

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Robert J. Reber

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)

Robert J. Reber


War Bluff Valley Sanctuary Sightings — 2007

Carolina and Gemmed Satyrs (Cyllopsis gemma)

Susan L. Post

Some Selected Illinois Important Bird Areas (IBAs)

Source: Judy Pollock, director of bird conservation for Audubon Chicago Region.

Bird Species of State Conservation Concern

Source: Judy Pollock, director of bird conservation for Audubon Chicago Region.

Agricultural Land-Use Changes in Illinois

Sorbert J. Reber

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