The Pinch of Salt.
Editor's Note, by Debra Shore.
People Who Are Taking Nature's Pulse. They slog through ponds, ramble over moraines, and cross the grasslands to assess the health of the region's wild places. Plus: How you can get involved. By Katherine Millett; Photography by Rob Warner.
A Murder of Crows. We look beyond the raspy voice to find the true value of these black beauties. By Nancy Shepherdson.
Do Crows Matter?
Salt on the Earth. Snow control hs created high-sodium landscapes with a paltry few species. By Peter Friederici.
What Can You Do? Clearing the Driveway.
Solace in the Solstice. Personal restoration and rejuvenation — on the longest night of the year. By Rebecca Blazer.
Where to go, what to look for, the best guides and equipment
The Fermilab Grounds Crew: Force for Nature
Sumac: Local Shrub
Winter Food-Finding Fits the Bill
Explosion of Painted Ladies.
Wintering with red-shouldered hawks; water pennies; mutilated mice; snakes; goldenrod galls; coyotes; mourning cloaks.
Fel-Pro RRR; Freeman Kame-Ed Meagher Forest Preserve; Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve. Plus all the profiles and maps we've published
since our first issue.
Grassy Lake Forest Preserve
Lake County, Illinois
Tree Fox: The red-dappled gray fox in winter. By Stephen Packard.