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Farming & Land Conservation

What is conservation? The definition is “the careful preservation of something.” Conservation is talked about typically in the context of nature, water, soil, a historic structure, artwork, and the like. In...

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Need Silence? Take a Hike!

I cannot recall the last time I experienced silence – the complete absence of sound. Sure, there have been times that I would describe as “quiet,” even very quiet, but not silent. Even late at night when Harvard...

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Fog Season

“The fog comes on little cat feet” wrote Illinois poet Carl Sandburg in 1916 as he watched the fog roll in at the Lake Michigan shore in Chicago. The next line, “It sits looking over harbor and city on silent...

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The Birds and the Bees

This is a story about the birds and the bees (and the bats and the bugs). That’s right, it’s a story about plant pollinators. Insects like bees and butterflies, as well as animals such as birds and bats, are responsible...

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[email protected] – the Gilbertsens

For three years, Logan and Sophia Gilbertsen have lived at their 103-year old home in downtown Algonquin across the street from the Fox River. Due to their location and Logan’s experiences as a water resource engineer,...

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Bonnie and Clyde visit the woods (reprint)

I understand that it is welcome to see something green in the woods after winter, but please keep in mind that the welcome glint of green you see spells trouble for our native trees, shrubs and wildflowers. That green you see...

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