Its landscape flattened by violent glaciers
molded by fire for millions of years the tallgrass
prairie teeters on the edge of extinction. People
have been a scourge to nature; now only people can
save it. By Alex Blumberg.
of the Bug World
Ecologists find butterflies to be great barometers
of ecosystem quality. "Citizen scientists"
bring home the data. By Jill Riddell.
A guest essay by Verie Sandborg.
Friends with Butterflies
By Jill Riddell.
Schulenberg: Prairie Doc
bat: Camouflaged bug buster
Dam River Rats: Reversing the river of no
walkingstick: Native grassland dweller
Rare fern appears, osprey makes remarkable
comeback, Blanding's turtles, and more.
guide to the best areas of the region
what to do and see, when to go, where to hike,
bike, canoe, ride horses, watch birds, even
what's debuting on nature's stage in the Chicago
Pictures: Stroking. By Stephen Packard.