Explosion in Buffalo Grove Scares Many

Near 11 pm Friday night, a loud explosion resounded through Long Grove and Buffalo Grove, scaring many and sending local high school students to their social media.  Rumors are flying, questions of bombs and traffic accidents, or even wild speculation on aliens, but one student reported, “It was an explosion, there’s literally insulation from someone’s […]

Springtime Sadness

  Spring·time sadness noun \ˈspriŋ-ˌtīm ˈsad ˈne-ss\ : allergies that occur during the season of spring Examples of SPRINGTIME SADNESS  1: Watch out for: Sneezing Runny Nose Wheezing Urticaria Excess Catarrh Anaphylactic Shock (Breathing Difficulty) Edema Heart Failure  2: AKA Allergies Used in a Sentence:     She got that Springtime Sadness! First Known Use of SPRINGTIME   […]

Oregon Chub Possibly to be Removed from Endangered Species List

The Oregonichthys crameri, or the Oregon chub is native to western Oregon. It is a tiny silver-colored fish that can fit in the palm of your hand, and it has a very specific habitat. The Oregon chub prefers waters with little or no flow such as beaver ponds and marshes. For the last one hundred […]

Comment Period for Grey Wolf’s Fate as Endangered Species Re-Opened

In the fall of 2013, a proposal was made to remove the grey wolf from the IUCN Endangered Species Red List in order to focus conservation and recovery efforts on the subspecies the Mexican wolf. The details of the plan were posted on the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s website. And as is customary, […]

Endangered Mexican Wolf Makes Small Steps to Recovery

Recently, there have been improvements to the grey wolf population within the United States. So much so, that there was a motion put out to remove the species from the endangered species list in order to focus conservation efforts on other species. This included the cousin of the grey wolf, the Mexican wolf. Much like […]

White-Nose Syndrome Alarming Threat to North American Bats

In caves throughout North America, bats are suffering from Geomyces destructans, or white-nose syndrome. Millions of bats in over twenty U.S. states and at least five Canadian provinces are falling victim to this disease, which is quickly spreading to more caves throughout North America. White-nose syndrome, or WNS, is a disease contracted by hibernating bats. […]

Snow Leopard Faces Extinction

Panthera uncial, more commonly known as the snow leopard, is listed as endangered by the IUCN Red List. This grey and white black spotted large cat is illusive in nature to begin with, but over the last twenty years their population numbers have been steadily decreasing. As its name suggests, the snow leopard lives in […]

Gray Wolf May Be Removed From Endangered Species List

Recently, a proposal was made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list and focus their efforts on the recovery of the Mexican wolf, which is still endangered. Until recently, the gray wolf was considered endangered and near extinction. Since settlers moved to the Americas the […]

Western Black Rhino Extinct

The western black rhinoceros has been declared extinct. The year 2006 was the last time the western black rhinoceros was seen in the wild, and since then a review of plants and animals has been conducted and the extinction was made official by the I.U.C.N. The western black rhino was considered critically endangered for many […]

A Problem that Cannot be Solved With BBQ

In the early 1500’s the Eurasian wild boar was brought over to the Americas. Initially, it was a domesticated animal and a food source for new settlers. But pigs of any sort are crafty creatures and many of the domesticated Eurasian boars made their escape. Hundreds of years later, the ancestors of the wild boar […]

Crayfish: Food and Environmental Indicator

Catching crayfish in the creek behind the house is a common childhood memory for many outdoorsy people. Sometimes gray or brown in color and only about seven inches long, the crayfish is like a small lobster and is food for many animals (including people). But the crayfish is also an important environmental indicator and a […]

Another Look at a Common Bird

When we think of common birds found year-round in North America, we think of robins, blue jays, cardinals, and the Canadian goose. The house sparrow is also one of the most common birds found throughout North America. Considered to be of least concern on the ICUN list, the house sparrow is also an incredibly successful […]

A Prickly Nuisance for Ohio

In the early 1800’s, a rosebush called the multiflora rose was brought from Asia into the United States. Like some species introduced into a non-native area, the multiflora rose had a purpose to serve. Originally, it was just a pretty, if thorny, ornamental flower, but it was also used as a natural fence for fields […]

The Difference Between Two Bears

The grizzly bear and the black bear are closely related to each other and at first glance, may be difficult to tell apart. But for those who enjoy hiking or hunting, or are just looking to protect their livestock and crops, it is very important to be able to tell the difference between the two. […]

What Lurks in Lake Erie?

When it comes to invasive species and Lake Erie, zebra mussels are the least of our worries. Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes are brimming with invasive species. Everything from fish to mussels to plants have wormed their way into the native ecosystem and are thriving throughout the Great Lakes area. All of these […]

Badger Culls Attempt to Halt the Spread of Bovine Tuberculosis

A few weeks ago, two pilot tests were conducted in England to determine whether badger culls would be effective in curbing the rapid spread of bovine tuberculosis among cows and other farm animals. The culls will be carried out over a six-week period, during which sharpshooters will kill 70 percent of the badger populations in […]

Japanese Knotweed a Problem in Europe and North America

Fallopia japonica, or Japanese knotweed, has a long, slender stem and a hollow middle. Young stems are edible if somewhat bitter in taste. The leaves are oval shaped and in late summer or fall, the knotweed may have small white flowers. Beekeepers value Japanese knotweed because it is an important source of nectar that creates […]

An Easy Way to Stop the Spread of Garlic Mustard

Garlic mustard, or Alliaria petiolata, is a plant between twelve and thirty-six inches high with round green leaves and small white flowers. It is considered an herb and is possibly one of the oldest discovered spices to be used in ancient European cooking. The plant was also used in curing and disinfecting injuries. Even today, […]

Death Valley Sailing Stones Mystery

Death Valley National Park was established in 1994, and is located in Southern California and Nevada. Deserts, salt-flats, valleys, canyons and mountains fill the park, making it a diverse, if hot and dry environment. The national park earned its name for the dry, inhospitable land settlers and miners encountered as they came west looking for […]

Disappearing Bees

Colony Collapse Disorder is a phenomenon where all of the bees in a colony suddenly disappear. Recently Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, has become a widespread problem, affecting colonies of bees throughout the United States as well as many European nations. Not much is known about Colony Collapse Disorder nor what causes it. Experts point […]