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An Illinois River Almanac

Jason Haupt's Energy and Environment Blog
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Animal of the Week: River Otter

Everyone loves a comeback story, and going from nearly extirpated in Illinois and on the state endangered species list to being delisted in 2004 is the ultimate comeback story. Fun-loving, playful, and cute are just a few of the descriptions that are used to describe the River Otter. The River Otter is among the most recognizable mammal in Illinois because of its apparent playfulness, and its l...

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Getting Ready for Your Friends

The weather is getting nicer; the rain is falling, even if it is not April yet; and the birds are singing in the morning. This means that it is time to start thinking about attracting some of the more colorful friends to your yard. Hummingbirds are fun and exciting to watch. Seeing a bird come to a complete stop in mid-air is so much fun. The Ruby-throated hummingbird has begun its migration an...

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Animal of the Week: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

As the weather is changing we are hearing more birds in the morning and we are beginning to see more birds. One bird that is always fun and exciting to see each year is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. The Ruby-throated Humming is found throughout Eastern North America. It is only found in Eastern North America and its habitat does not overlap with any other species of hummingbird except the Blac...

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Animal of the Week: Coyote

This week we are going to look at the largest member of the dog family found in Illinois. The Coyote has a poor reputation particularly among farmers. But is this reputation truly deserved? Coyotes are relatively easy to recognize. They are about the size of a small German Shepherd, much larger than most people think, and come in a wide variety of colors and markings. They have a long b...

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