A Visit from a Good Luck Sparrow

By Alyssa Nyberg, Restoration Ecologist at The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands December and January are ‘a visiting time’ – a time to escape the chill of winter and explore new spaces in far-away places, or to travel to see friends and family in old familiar haunts and catch up on the year that was.  It’sContinue reading “A Visit from a Good Luck Sparrow”

Four and twenty blackbirds, gracing the sky

By Alyssa Nyberg, Restoration Ecologist at The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands October is loud and raucous on the Kankakee Sands prairie. It can also be dark and ominous. In the early morning, you can hear them long before you see them. Off in the distance is a lone tree or perhaps a small cluster ofContinue reading Four and twenty blackbirds, gracing the sky

Just like Kankakee Sands, You’ll be Golden!

By Alyssa Nyberg, Restoration Ecologist at The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands It’s all too easy to overlook things, isn’t it? As we move so quickly from place to place, from task to task, we often miss the nuances and details that make life so interesting. In the fall, with goldenrods painting our Kankakee Sands prairiesContinue reading Just like Kankakee Sands, You’ll be Golden!

Old Plainsman: Hurdling Drought and Drench

By Alyssa Nyberg, Restoration Ecologist at The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands Old plainsman played its cards well this year. Early spring in Newton County was quite pleasant, with regular rains and warm temperatures. Old plainsman (Hymenopappus scabioseaus) was able to send up its two-foot tall flowering stalk in time to get pollinated by short tonguedContinue reading “Old Plainsman: Hurdling Drought and Drench”

Shedding that Winter Coat

By Alyssa Nyberg, Restoration Ecologist at The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands Just this past week, I just put away all my winter clothes and brought out my summer clothes. Turns out bison are doing the same thing! Our Kankakee Sands bison herd spent the winter on the prairie, with their insulating fur coats keeping themContinue reading “Shedding that Winter Coat”