Naturalists Afield

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Enjoy this collection of natural history stories, images, and videos captured by Illinois Natural History Survey scientists while visiting natural areas around the state.

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  • Butterfly gardening

  • Green Treefrog

    An encounter with a green treefrog—often considered one of the most beautiful tree frogs in North America—will certainly pique the curiosity of almost anyone.

  • Heron County Park Boardwalk

  • Columbine: the mountain goat of plants

  • Sights at Sand Ridge State Forest

  • The search for spring wildflowers

  • The very vibrant winterberry

  • Deck the halls with American holly

  • Notes on mistletoe

  • Fall: the season for spotting grasshoppers

  • Skunk Cabbage