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Berries on Burning Bush
Read article: Burning bush threatens migrating birds
Burning bush threatens migrating birds
Some years ago, it was shocking to learn that one of my favorite ornamental shrubs, burning bush (Euonymus alatus), is invasive.   It took a...
close up photo of insect hole on tree
Read article: Cantankerous cavities
Cantankerous cavities
Most cavities in a tree are caused by some type of living organism, either an animal or a pathogen of some sort. Some cavities will only be found in...
Redbuds: a great addition to any landscape. Branches of a redbud tree coer
Read article: Redbuds are a great addition to any landscape
Redbuds are a great addition to any landscape
While spring-blooming bulbs get much of our attention in the spring, flowering trees shouldn’t be overlooked. One of the best trees for spring color...

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baby bluebirds in a nest
Extension Master Naturalists give nature a hand with bluebird monitoring
LEWISTOWN, Ill. - It’s not easy to be a bluebird family. Aggressive birds discourage nesting; predators steal eggs and chicks; competing cavity nesters claim the boxes; insects attack featherless hatchlings. Even the weather impacts bluebirds. Altogether, these conditions will result in bluebird...
A blue bird flying with a graphic of snowflakes behind it.
Extension offers free bird count workshops in November
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. –Do you want to understand how to participate in your local Christmas Bird Count (CBC)? Learn the ABCs of a CBC during one of the free workshops offered during the month of November. The CBC is the nation’s longest-running community science bird project, which has been...
Watering plants
Get Inspiration for your gardens at Spring Series of Home Horticulture
(ROCK ISLAND, Ill.) As spring arrives, gardeners turn their thoughts to their home gardens. University of Illinois Extension is here to help with its annual Spring Series of Home Horticulture offerings on Mondays, April 10, 17 and 24 from 6 to 8 pm at the Holiday Inn, Rock Island, IL. Each night...