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

Chatty Little Grasshopper Sparrows

By: Alyssa Nyberg, The Nature Conservancy Nature isn’t always what it seems – a chatty little grasshopper sparrow taught me that. For the first ten or so years that I worked at the Kankakee Sands Nursery, I was always looking down, either at the native plants that I was planting into the soil, or atContinue reading “Chatty Little Grasshopper Sparrows”