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Read article: Join the fight against invasive species in America's wild places with Wild Spotter
Join the fight against invasive species in America's wild places with Wild Spotter
Invasive Species   Invasive species refer to any harmful non-native plant, animal, or organism that can negatively impact the environment,...
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Read article: Simple steps to help prevent the spread of invasive species 
Simple steps to help prevent the spread of invasive species 
There are a few simple steps to prevent the spread of invasive species. Avoid moving soil or debris from one area to another. When engaging...
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Read article: Quail comeback
Quail comeback
By Carla Rich Montez, Extension Master Naturalist serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties   Almost everywhere you look...
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Read article: Look for early spring wildlife
Look for early spring wildlife
The transition zone between winter and spring is a fascinating time to explore the wildlife of Illinois.  Here are a few of the neat...

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Adventures await in Naturalist Core Education program
LEWISTOWN, Ill. - University of Illinois Extension's Naturalist Core Education Training is designed for adults of any age who love to learn about the natural world. The goal of the program is not to teach people everything there is to know about the...
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ACES expert: Bats take spotlight during Bat Week
URBANA, Ill. — Bats come out of the shadows during Bat Week, Oct. 24-31, an international awareness campaign that aims to educate the public about bat conservation in the week leading up to Halloween. University of...
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Stay alert for deer behind the wheel in fall
URBANA, Ill. — Deer are more active in the fall and drivers should be cautious when traveling after dark. While accidents can happen at any time of year, most deer-vehicle incidents occur between dusk and dawn during the months of October, November, and December. Drivers should slow down...

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