Febraury 26, 2021
Conserving water on your property is all reducing runoff and there are a lot of big and small ways you can do that. Learn ways you can do help improve water quality for yourself, your neighbors, and all Illinoisans.
January 28, 2021
The role of fire is important for many of our Midwest native plants and ecosystems. Prescribed burning is a way to reintroduce fire in landscapes in a controlled manor. Fire can early emergence of many of our native grasses and forbs. In timber, fire helps promote regeneration of oak and hickories species while limiting the natural succession to other timber species. It is also a way to control some undesirable species such as invasive plants and woody thickets.
November 11, 2020
Extension Educator Peggy Doty talks about how to select a good bird food seed mix, and selecting a bird feeder. She also corrects a couple of common misconceptions about feeding birds.
October 19, 2020
Bats have been at the top of news headlines with concerns about health and safety. Learn more about these creatures with Extension’s Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator, Abigail Garofalo, and find out why bats are important to our ecosystems, how we can stay safe around bats, and how we can support these flying mammals.
Septemeber 18, 2020
Extension Educator Ashley Belle explains how you can help to protect our natural environment by properly disposing of unwanted medicines.
August 7, 2020
There have been scattered reports of toxic algae blooms in some small ponds in Illinois. Extension Educator Duane Friend talks about what steps can be taken to prevent these in the future and how to know if your algae is toxic.
July 10, 2020
Today’s podcast is on Wetlands, with Erin Garrett. Wetlands provide numerous invaluable ecosystem services, yet their value is often overlooked. Seen as breeding grounds for mosquitos or places to be drained, historical wetland habitat loss in Illinois is about 85%. Luckily, the value of wetlands has been recognized in recent decades and work has been done to protect them.
June 26, 2020
In this edition of Spotlight on Natural Resources. Extension Educator Jay Solomon explains how invasive plant species affect ecosystems in Illinois and what to do when you recognize those plants in your yard or on your property.
May 29, 2020
In this edition of Spotlight on Natural Resources, Extension Educator Ashley Belle explains how everyday choices have an effect on our Ecological Footprint. Everything from the places we live to the foods we eat directly impact our natural environment.
April 28, 2020
Extension Educator Erin Garrett describes how to save money on your Home Energy costs. She has tips about using energy saving thermostats and powering off equipment that isn’t actively being used.
March 23, 2020
Now is a great time of year to be thinking about how to make your yard more environmentally friendly. Extension Educator Abigale Garofalo talks about how plantings of native plants can help the look and environmental friendliness of your yard.
March 05, 2020
Extension Educator Peggy Doty talks about the types of Bluebirds in Illinois and how you can change your yard to attract and protect them.
January 10, 2020
Extension Educator Duane Friend explains preliminary results from a study on the potential for insects carrying over from a cover crop to the main crop.
November 16, 2019
In this episode of Spotlight on Natural Resources, Extension Educator Peggy Doty explains why wild turkeys have made a comeback in Illinois and how they fit into our ecology.
November 12, 2019
There is a lot to know about soils and in this episode Extension Educator Abigail Garofalo explains why you don't say "dirt" to a soil scientist.
October 28, 2019
In today's edition of Spotlight on Natural Resources, Extension Educator Ashley Belle explains how you can test your home for radon gas and what can be done if it is found.
September 18, 2019
Extension Educator, Jay Solomon talks about progress being made with Solar Power in Illinois and resources available for evaluating solar in your circustances.
August 5, 2019
In this edition of Spotlight on Natural Resources, Extension Educator Duane Friend explains what it takes to be involved in Master Naturalists. It is a nationwide organization that provides science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards.
June 12, 2019
In this podcast Sarah Zack, Pollution Prevention Specialist for University of Illinois Extension, requests listeners take the survey located at http://go.illinois.edu/lawn.
May 21, 2019
In this podcast Extension Educator, Environmental and Energy Stewardship, Ashley Belle explains the importance of reducing our Municipal Solid Waste. She also points out some ways that we can make those reductions.
April 23, 2019
In this podcast Extension Educator in Natural Resources, Erin Medvecz explains what to look for in plants to add your landscaping this spring. Native plants are not all the same.
March 25, 2019
In this edition of Spotlight on Natural Resources, Allison Neubauer from University of Illinois Extension talks about early spring natural lawn care. She covers weed suppression and aeration.
February 15, 2019
In this edition of Spotlight on Natural Resources, Extension Educator Peggy Doty describes owls in Illinois and in particular the Great Horned Owl.