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Spotlight on Natural Resources

Spotlight on Natural Resources Podcast
We cover a wide range of topics that help you become an advocate for our planet.

Latest Episode

September 29, 2023
September is National Preparedness Month.

Exploring Illinois’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy

August 22, 2023
With high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus entering our waterways and making their way to the Gulf of Mexico, Illinois is taking action to address nutrient loss and hold those nutrients in place. Rachel Curry and Nicole Haverback are the boots on the ground for this project in Illinois, and...

Drought and Extreme Weather Resiliency

August 16, 2023
With droughts and drastic weather occurring in Illinois, how do we keep our landscapes resilient? Extension Stormwater Specialist, Eliana Brown, joins the podcast to discuss how we can help build healthy landscapes in this extreme weather.

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Corn Sweat: A Midwest phenomenon

July 6, 2023
Corn sweat - an interesting Midwest phenomenon that happens during the summer months.  Find out what corn sweat really is and how it affects our weather, wildlife and other plants. Duane Friend, Illinois Master Naturalist Coordinator and Climate Specialist, joins us during...

Value of Biodiversity

June 7, 2023
Biodiversity - such a buzzword these days. But what is biodiversity and why does everyone seem to be talking about it? Extension Educator Abigail Garofalo will break down this scientific concept and give you insights into the biodiversity crisis and what you can do about it. 

Nature at Night

June 5, 2023
Don’t count out nighttime when it comes to exploring.  Each season brings a different “night” whether it be the long winter nights with clear skies or the late sunsets in summer, there is always something to discover in nature at night.  In fact, in terms of wildlife, over 60% of our mammals...

Spring Ephemeral

May 9, 2023
Spring is here, and one of the best places to enjoy the season is hiking through a forest. In spring you can find the forest floor bursting with life. Many of the spring-blooming flowers you see when out on a hike are from a group of plants called spring ephemerals. We’re going to dive...

Maple Syrup Season in Illinois

January 27, 2023
Maple Syrup Season in Illinois

The Wildlife We Live With

November 28, 2022

Illinois' State Grass

October 17, 2022

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