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Naturalist Notebook 2016

Wildflower Treasures

I have always loved a treasure hunt. Finding something new or never seen before is always a thrill. Searching for wildflowers that I have not seen before or perhaps that are just beginning to make an appearance is one of the greatest pleasures that I have experienced on my daily walks around my...
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Wildlife Adventures

It is late fall and a frosty morning as I take my first walk of the day. The heavy frost reveals the drama of the night before. Many creatures ventured out in the brilliant light of the "super moon". Their tracks crisscross the path and disappear in the tall grass. I come across a fresh kill. Not...
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Johnson – Sauk Trail, State Recreation Area

Along Route 78 between Kewanee and Anawan in Henry County is a state park known mostly to locals but offering beautiful sites and experiences to all who would explore it. Situated on 1,365 acres with a manmade lake, the park was once the southernmost boundary of an area known as the Great Willow...
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Bruner Cemetery

One important lesson that the Master Naturalist training has taught me is to be observant of the natural world around me. The most amazing things can be revealed by watching and listening carefully to the land. I had always noticed a tall stand of grass in the middle of a neighbor's field since...
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