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Five Things in Nature for Cinco de Mayo

May 04, 2015

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! To get in the spirit, here are five things happening in nature to view and celebrate.

blue catfish

The Dish on Paddlefish

Apr 27, 2015

Name a fish that can weigh nearly the same as a kindergartener, live for more than two or three decades, and has an undeniably large nose. Did the paddlefish come to mind?

Swimming paddlefish

The Butterfly Effect

Apr 20, 2015

Seeing a butterfly glide past you is sure to bring a flurry of excitement. Did you know there are a  few tricks of the trade to attract them to your backyard?

Image of a monarch

Springtime’s Main Attraction

Apr 13, 2015

There’s no doubt about it: Spring has officially sprung. Brightly colored signs capture our attention along the roadway, informing us of what’s ahead. Springtime has a few signs of its own, and the early color of flowering trees is one of the brightest!

eastern redbud blossoms

The Meadowlark Melody

Apr 06, 2015

The meadowlark is a familiar sight throughout the farmlands of the Midwest.

Photo of an eastern meadowlark perched among dried plant stalks.

In the (Mushroom) Hunt

Mar 30, 2015

April showers bring… mushrooms? April showers and warm nights make morels (muh-rells) grow and send folks to their favorite mushroom-hunting spots.

Photograph of several black morel mushrooms with one split in half

It’s Prime Time for the Wild Turkey

Mar 23, 2015

The changing seasons always bring a transition in the wild.

turkey

PawPaw: A Forgotten Fruit

Mar 16, 2015

There is a Midwest fruit as sweet as bananas and as fragrant as papayas: the pawpaw.

pawpaw tree

Non-Darling Starlings

Mar 09, 2015

These unwelcoming immigrants are the neighborhood bullies of the bird community.

Photograph of a juvenile European starling walking in grass

Peculiar Prairie-Chickens

Mar 02, 2015

Animals have interesting ways of attracting their mates. But the prairie-chicken’s mating ritual may be one of the most bizarre.

Prairie Chicken

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