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  • Greg Sass quoted in Asian carp article

    A 10 March 2009 article in the State Journal-Register discusses lawmaker ideas about asian carp. The two Illinois lawmakers, Representative Patricia Bellock and Representative Jim Watson, have vastly different ideas about what to do about the invasive asian carp in Illinois rivers. In the article, Illinois Natural History Survey's Illinois River Biological Station director Greg Sass provides information for the lawmakers to consider. Sass is quoted as saying, "We've been monitoring silver carp and since 1998, their population has doubled almost annually." The Illinois River Biological Station has been conducting a Long Term Illinois River Fish Population Monitoring Program (LTEF) on the Illinois River since 1957. To read the NewsBank version of the article, visit the following URL: Asian carp pose conundrum for state lawmakers.

  • Research on bees featured in Environmental Almanac

    Rob Kanter writes about research being conducted by Illinois Natural History Survey's Dr. Leellen Solter, and INHS affiliate Dr. Sydney Cameron, in the latest issue of the Environmental Almanac. The two are conducting research on bee population declines, along with collegues in Logan, Utah at the USDA Bee Biology and Systematics Laboratory. The entire article, "University of Illinois scientists study, promote awareness of bees," along with a link to the audio episode, can be found at the Environmental Almanac website. Dr. May Berenbaum and Dr. Gene Robinson, also INHS affiliates, are also mentioned in the article.

  • Steve Taylor discusses cave biology in two articles

    Dr. Steve Taylor was interviewed by Chris Young for an article that was picked up by GateHouse News Service and has appeared in both The Courier and The State Journal Register. In the article, Taylor discusses cave biology, including karst systems and what organisms are typically found inside Illinois caves. The article can be found at the following NewsBank links:

  • INHS awarded U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant

    The Illinois Natural History Survey was awarded a grant of $120,000 for a study entitled, "Evaluation of Lake Trout Spawning Reef Suitability in Illinois Waters of Lake Michigan." The project aims to evaluate suitable lake trout spawning habitat, measure egg deposition and assess post-hatch lake trout survival in the southern part of Lake Michigan. The PI for this project is Sergiusz Czesny of the Lake Michigan Biological Station.

  • Taylor interviewed for article on low-energy cave systems

    Dr. Steve Taylor, Illinois Natural History Survey, was interviewed for an article that was run in the Sunday edition of the Daily Herald. The newspaper, which is suburban Chicago's largest daily newspaper, published the article called, "Shedding some light on Illinois' caverns" in the April 5, 2009 edition. The article discusses karst systems, sinkholes, and mentions the federally endangered Illinois cave amphipod. The Newsbank article can be read at the following link: Shedding some light on Illinois' caverns.

  • INHS deposits reports into IDEALS digital repository

    The tech reports which were digitized for Illinois Harvest are live in IDEALS. Here's the link to the INHS Community, which has the Tech Reports collection in it. The reports range from 1962 to 2007.

  • Larvae from Dr. Alto's lab featured on scienceblogs.com

    Photos taken by University of Illinois postdoctoral researcher Alex Wild are featured on the On-line resource scienceblogs.com. Wild visited the Medical Entomology lab at the Illinois Natural History Survey to take photos of mosquito larvae that Dr. Barry Alto is conducting research on. The photos can be seen at the "On Assignment: Mosquito Larvae" page at scienceblogs.com. The article with Dr. Alto's research can be viewed starting May 18th in the Journal of Animal Ecology.

  • INHS Researcher Dr. Philipp featured on ScienceDaily

    Dr. Dave Philipp, Conservation Geneticist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, was featured on ScienceDaily for research he and his lab members conducted on largemouth bass. The research began in 1975 in a lake in Fox Ridge State Park where researchers tagged fish each time they were caught. Subsequent experiments using controlled research ponds compared offspring of bass that had never been caught with offspring of those fish that were frequently caught from the same pond. Dr. Philipp's research supports the idea that vulnerability to being caught is an inherited trait. His findings have implications on the management of fish in the wild. The article can be viewed at: Born To Be Caught: "Largemouth Bass Vulnerability To Being Caught By Anglers Is A Heritable Trait".

  • Waterfowl of Illinois—currently discounted

    Dr. Stephen A. Havera's books are now on sale. More information can be seen by viewing the order form (PDF document.) Waterfowl of Illinois order form (PDF).

  • Dr. Molano-Flores Speaks at EIU Expo

    Dr. Brenda Molano-Flores was the Guest Speaker at the Graduate Expo Week 2009 - Eastern Illinois University, April 14. Graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences invited Dr. Molano-Flores to present her research on the reproductive ecology of prairie plants and how antagonistc relationships (e.g., insect herbivory) can affect mutualistic relationships (e.g., pollinator visitation) leading to a reduction in plant reproduction. The Graduate Expo Week 2009 was a four day event from April 14-16, recognizing students who have achieved excellence in graduate scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year. Throughout the week graduate programs presented their research, projects, and accomplishments during special sessions. This event was sponsored by The Graduate School and Graduate Student Advisory Council.

  • Alexandra Cousteau visits Great Rivers Field Station

    Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and founder of Blue Legacy International, visited the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) in Brighton, IL from April 20 - 22. Cousteau, was gathering film footage for her upcoming documentary, "Expedition: Blue Planet." Ms. Cousteau worked with John Chick, Field Station Director for the INHS and NGRREC, to investigate nutrient-pollution in the Mississippi River due to current farming practices and other sources. To facilitate the learning process for the documentary crew, Dr. Chick also organized a round table discussion for the "Expedition: Blue Planet" group. The round table included representatives from the USDA-NRCS, USEPA, the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Chick and his INHS/NGRREC crew took the Blue Planet Expedition to film on the Mississippi River in various locations, focusing on both healthy sections of this floodplain ecosystem and areas challenged by industrial and agricultural pollution. Expedition members also learned first hand about the risk posed to boaters from the leaping behavior of invasive Asian Carp. Dr. Chick was mentioned in three of the "Expedition: Blue Planet" daily blogs, and was interviewed for the documentary film. Videos from this visit should be posted on the Blue Legacy website in a few weeks.

  • Steve Bailey discusses eagle populations

    Illinois Natural History Survey avian biologist Steve Bailey discusses Bald eagle populations in Illinois in the April 17, 2009 version of The News Sun. Bailey says that eagle populations have increased over the years, and now are inhabiting ranges that were likely historically inhabited. The bird is now spreading quickly throughout the Chicago area. The full text of the article, "So, exactly what DO you call a group of pelicans? Eagle populationsoaring in state," is available on NewsBank.

  • Mike Ward on Sandhill Crane increases

    In the April 23, 2009 edition of Environmental Almanac, Mike Ward discusses the steady rise in Illinois' population of Sandhill cranes. Ward also mentions that the wetland changes that have helped the crane numbers rise, have led to a decrease in other wetland bird numbers. The article, Reader questions about birds, can be seen at the Environmental Almanac website. The article was also published in the News-Gazette on April 26, 2009.

  • INHS researchers involved with Illinois' Pollinatarium

    The new University of Illinois Pollinatarium, currently open from 1–4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, is the idea of INHS affiliates Gene Robinson and May Berenbaum. It provides information on bee pollination and is housed in an old shed on the campus of the University of Illinois. The Pollinatarium also features artwork and displays by INHS researchers Mike Jeffords and Carie Nixon. More information about the Pollinatarium can be found by reading "New UI Pollinatarium already abuzz with activity" in the News-Gazette. Additional information can be found on the Pollinatarium website.

  • Zebra mussels found in DuPage Co.

    Kristin TePas, Aquatic Nuisance Species Assistant Coordinator with the Illinois Natural History Survey's Lake Michigan Biological Station, is quoted in four articles describing the zebra mussel's appearance in Bartlet, IL at the Deep Quarry Lake. The appearance of the mussels in the lake is concerning to scientists as they are an invasive species, and have not previously been documented there. The articles can be accessed via NewsBank:

  • INHS botanists train volunteers at Midewin

    INHS botanists (Rick Phillippe, Paul Marcum, Brenda Molano-Flores, Jason Zylka, Jamie Ellis, and Mary Ann Feist) conducted a one-day vegetation monitoring workshop at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Will Co. Illinois May 19, 2009. A total of 16 volunteers attended the training. The ultimate goal of the workshop was to give volunteers real life experience in quantitative vegetation data collection and analysis. During the morning, volunteers were shown how to set up transects and plots and to determine percent cover for species and functional groups. During the afternoon, volunteers learned how to analyze and interpret the data they had collected. Volunteers expressed that knowing the dos and don’ts of collecting field data will be extremely helpful when they assist Midewn staff during vegetation sampling. They also commented that, although somewhat overwhelming, they now know how the data they will collect will be used to make management recommendations at the site. This event was sponsored by the Nature Conservancy and the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

  • INHS researchers assist with BioBlitz

    INHS botanists (Valerie Sivicek, Mary Ann Feist, Paul Marcum, Brenda Molano-Flores, Jason Zylka, and Greg Spyreas) and mammologists (Joyce Hofmann and Jean Mengelkoch) attended the 24 hour Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore BioBlitz May 15 and 16 2009, Indiana. This event was organized by The National Geographic Society and the National Park Service. During the event Mary Ann Feist led a fieldtrip to Pinhook Bog and Paul Marcum to Miller Woods. Joyce Hofmann and Jean Mengelkoch gave a program to the public about bats. The latest species tally for the Indiana Dunes Bioblitz is 1,716 and scientists are still identifying and adding species for this event.

  • Article by INHS researchers featured in Outdoor Illinois

    An article on Illinois Turtles appears in the May issue of Outdoor Illinois The article is written by Jim Lamer, Chad Dolan and John Tucker. Lamer and Dolan are former INHS employees. John Tucker is a herpetologist at the INHS' Great Rivers Field Station.

  • Mike Ward discusses colorful ducks

    INHS researcher Dr. Michael Ward is quoted in a State-Journal Register article on Wood ducks. Ward says that cleaner wetlands have helped to boost the year-round population of the ducks. Also mentioned in the article are the nest boxes that Frank Bellrose helped to craft. The full-text of the article is available at the NewsBank website: Wood ducks are colorful characters

  • Dr. Alto's research subject of Illinois' news release

    Dr. Barry Alto, Director of the Medical Entomology Program at the Illinois Natural History Survey, has recently published an article in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology. This paper is the subject of a news release by the University of Illinois.

  • Lake Michigan field station participates in "Science Saturdays"

    There's a whole other world living and growing alongside Chicago's busy streets in Lake Michigan. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) and Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) have teamed up to help acquaint local residents with this world as a part of the Museum of Science and Industry's "Science Saturdays."

  • INHS breaks ground on new building

    The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), a division in the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, held a groundbreaking ceremony July 10, 2009 for its new facility, the future home of the plant and fungus collections from the INHS and the University's departments of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences.

  • High water may affect migrating wildlife

    An article in the July 10, 2009 edition of the "The Courier" (Lincoln, IL) written by Chris Young talks about the effect that the wet summer could have on Illinois plants and the migratory species that pass through IL in the autumn.

    Randy Smith, an INHS scientist at the Forbes Biological Field Station, says that the weeds that migrating species need may not be able to grow if the water levels don't recede. Without food for migrating animals, they might not stop over in Illinois.

    The entire article can be read on the NewsBank site with subscription access: High water makes habitat harder to find.

  • Champaign Couunty mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile Virus

    Mosquito samples taken during the month of June have tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WNV). The samples were collected and processed by the Illinois Natural History Survey's medical entomology program, headed by Dr. Barry Alto. Interestingly, this is the first positive sample for WNV since October 2007. Since surveillance started this year in May, positive samples for WNV has been found in eight other counties throughout Illinois, including: Adams, Bureau, Cook, DuPage, Knox, LaSalle, Madison and St. Clair counties. The News-Gazette ran an article about the WNV sample in the July 8, 2009 edition. The article was titled, "Champaign mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile."

  • Award presented to Dr. Philipp

    Dr. David Philipp, Director of the IL Fisheries Genetics Lab at the Illinois Natural History Survey, was presented with the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award at the Federation of Fly Fishers Annual Conclave in Loveland, CO, held in July. Dr. Philipp was recognized for the scientific contributions he has made during his career, as well as his efforts with the Fisheries Conservation Foundation promoting marine and freshwater scientific research among fishery users and the general public.

  • Dr. Hoover's research to appear on NOVA Science Now

    Dr. Jeff Hoover's research on Brown-headed Cowbirds, which was conducted over a ten year period in the Cache watershed in Southern Illinois, will be featured on the August 25th episode of NOVA scienceNOW. Dr. Hoover's research found that cowbirds employ "mafia" tactics in getting other birds to raise cowbird offspring. INHS Reports also featured Dr. Hoover's research in the Winter 2009 issue.

  • WIRED magazine features the research of Greg Sass

    INHS large river ecologist Gregg Sass, Director of the Illinois River Biological Station, is featured in WIRED for his work electric barrier research. The electric barrier is being tested to see if it will prevent Asian carp from advancing up the Illinois River. Asian carp are an invasive species, and they eat plankton that native fish also need to eat in order to survive.

  • Chinese researchers visit INHS field station

    Dr. John Chick, Director of INHS' Great Rivers Field Station, spent the first part of August with Yangtze River researchers. Chick first met the researchers while visiting China last year. The Chinese researchers were particularly interested in learning about the methodology and techniques used in the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program on the Upper Mississippi River. A long-term goal of these exchanges is to have comparable monitoring programs set up on large rivers around the globe, which would provide an excellent opportunity to advance both the scientific understanding and management of large rivers.

    In addition, both Chinese and American researchers at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center were interested in learning about Asian carp habitat. The Asian carp is native China, but invasive in the United States. To read more about this exchange, please read the August 7th article in the Belleville News-Democrat entitled, "Chinese Scientists Studying in Area."

  • Canaries in the Catbird Seat now available

    Canaries in the Catbird Seat, the INHS publication celebrating the INHS sesquicentennial, is now available for purchase. INHS Special Publication 30 is 306 pages long, and includes color photographs and graphics. The book is edited by Christopher A. Taylor, John B. Taft and Charles E. Warwick. In celebration of the Illinois Natural History Survey’s 150th anniversary, this book incorporates observations made since 1858 by INHS staff and associates. These accounts are summarized and recounted in the chapters of this volume in a language accessible to the broad audience of citizens interested in our shared natural heritage as well as the wider scientific community. Canaries in the Catbird Seat can be purchased for $30.00 (plus shipping and handling) by calling (217) 244-2161 or emailing pubs_sales@inhs.illinois.edu.

  • Illinois aquatic macroinvertebrates poster published

    In collaboration with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Dr. Paul Tinerella has completed a 2-sided (24" X 36") color poster of Illinois aquatic macroinvertebrates. The poster represents general aquatic macroinvertebrate species in Illinois and is part of the ongoing IDNR Poster Series. The poster boasts color images of common, but generally unseen Illinois aquatic macroinvertebrates. Christine Fleener and Evan Glynn of the -WBSL- lab provided field assistance in collecting and preparing a number of animals for the poster. Additional contributions were made by INHS scientists Kevin Cummings, Dr. Mike Jeffords, Dr. Chris Taylor, Dr. Steve Taylor, and Mark Wetzel, who contributed additional color images and text for macroinvertebrates within their specialty areas. External contributors included Dr. Jochen Gerber and Dr. William Roston. Special thanks are extended to Valerie Keener, IDNR, for arrangement, logistics, and extensive efforts in seeing the poster to publication.

  • INHS staff attend 5th North American Duck Symposium

    Illinois Natural History Survey staff and students were well represented at the 5th North American Duck Symposium held in Toronto, August 17-21. This prestigious symposium is held every three years and is attended by hundreds of scientists from Europe and North America. Forbes Biological Station director Joshua Stafford was a member of the Scientific and Student Awards committees, co-organizer of a special session on Duck Foods and Foraging Habitats in North America, and co-author of two plenary talks, two student talks, and one student poster. Randy Smith and Aaron Yetter each provided poster presentations based on recent work conducted at the Forbes Lab. University of Illinois Ph.D. candidate (NRES) Ben O'Neal received one of only five travel awards from the Delta Waterfowl Foundation to attend the conference. Ben also garnered the award for "Best Ph.D. Presentation" for his presentation titled Waterfowl on Weather Radar: A New View of Dabbling Duck Migration (co-authored by Stafford and Ron Larkin). The Web site of the symposium, with photos and conference proceedings, may be viewed at: http://www.northamericanducksymposium.org.

  • Over time, an invasive plant loses its toxic edge

    Dr. Richard Lankau and plant ecologist Greg Spyreas, both of the Illinois Natural History Survey, just published an article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) about the potency of garlic mustard over time. Garlic mustard is an invasive species that injects a toxin into the soil. Research conducted by INHS researchers indicates that over time the toxin becomes less potent.

  • Publication by Kevin Johnson cited 100 times

    A paper by INHS Scientist Dr. Kevin Johnson, "Comparing molecular evolution in two mitochondrial protein coding genes (cytochrome b and ND2) in the dabbling ducks (Tribe: Anatini)" published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (10:82-94) in 1998, has been cited by 100 other papers according to the ISI Web of Science. For many fields, a paper cited 100 times is considered a "citation classic", representing a work of significance to the field. This paper focused on the molecular systematics of dabbling ducks (Genus: Anas), a well-known group of birds including mallards, pintails, and teals. This was the first study in birds to use the entire mitochondrial ND2 gene in a molecular phylogenetic study. It was also one of the first comprehensive phylogenetic studies for a large genus of birds (over 40 species). This paper has been important in the fields of avian systematics and waterfowl biology, the primary fields in which this paper has been cited.

  • $16.3 million given for new field station

    Governor Pat Quinn visited thee National Great Rivers Research and Education Center's new Confluence Field Station, the future home of the Illinois Natural History Survey's Great Rivers Field Staff, and presented a check for $16.3 million dollars towards its completion. Dr. John Chick, Director of the INHS' Great Rivers Field Station, is briefly quoted in an article written about the visit in the September 19, 2009 article posted at thetelegraph.com.

  • Gail Kampmeier helps Darwin Core to get ratified

    Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) announced the official ratification of Darwin Core as a TDWG standard. Darwin Core is one of four TDWG standards. Gail Kampmeier, INHS entomological researcher, served as the Review Manager for the Darwin Core project since February 2009. She fostered a peer and public review of the standard, including many discussions and updating of the draft standard. To learn more about the Darwin Core standard, please visit this website. Information on the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) can be found here at this website.

  • INHS partners with Unit 4

    Champaign Unit 4 middle school students are participating in a pilot study in aquatic ecology. The students visit the Illinois Natural History Survey 's University of Illinois field laboratory and watch as fish, such as largemouth bass and bluegill, are collected. The students learn about collection techniques, like seining for fish, as well as hear from INHS scientists about career options in aquatic ecology.  To read more about this program, see the October 4, 2009 article in the Champaign News-Gazette entitled, "GO FISH! - New curriculum lets middle-schoolers dive right into freshwater ecology". or view the NewsBank article.

  • Native fauna gather at Emiquon

    After stocking native fishes in the restored Emiquon wetland just two years ago, the number of birds stopping there has dramatically increased. Dr. Joshua Stafford, Director of Illinois Natural History Survey's Forbes Biological Field Station, gave a report to the 2009 Governor's Conference on the Management of the Illinois River, where he said that the Coot numbers at the wetland went from 30,000 the first year to almost 60,000 the next. More information about the Emiquon wetland restoration can be found in the October 23, 2009 Peoria Journal Star article called "Experiment wildly successful" or the same article can be read at the NewsBank site.

  • Dr. Ed Heske discusses beaver behavior

    In an article entitled "BUSY WORK - Meadowbrook now has two beaver dams across McCullough Creek" published in the News-Gazette on November 22, 2009, Ed Heske sheds light on local beaver behavior. In the article, Dr. Heske explains why beavers build dams and why they are more active during the fall. The entire text of the article can be found at the NewsBank site for the article: BUSY WORK - Meadowbrook now has two beaver dams across McCullough Creek.

  • Nature Sketches by Gladys and Ruth Dudley on Exhibit

    The Illinois Natural History Survey currently has on display an exhibit entitled, "Nature Sketches by Gladys and Ruth Dudley," in the Forbes Natural History Building on the campus of the University of Illinois. This exhibition, prepared by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, presents sketches and watercolors by Illinois natives Gladys and Ruth Dudley.

  • Profile of John Chick and National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

    The Telegraph.com recently ran an article, "Water Wonders", profiling Dr. John Chick, INHS Aquatic Ecologist, and the role he will play in The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center in Godfrey, Illinois.

  • INHS contributes to 70th annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference

    The 70th annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference was held in Springfield, IL during the first part of December 2009. Several INHS researchers, such as Dr. Steve Havera, Dr. John Epifanio and affiliate Dr. Jeff Brawn. The co-chair of the conference was Dr. Epifano, who said that more than 650 people were in attendance. Of those in attendance, 240 were students who had the option of attending any of the four sessions offered on networking, working in groups or mentoring.

  • Miscanthus, a biofuels crop, can host western corn rootworm

    Dr. Joe Spencer, INHS Insect Behaviorist, and Sathyamurthy Raghu, INHS Affiliate, recently published a paper in PLos ONE. This paper is the first to identify Miscanthus, which is a crop that can be used for biofuels, as a host to corn rootworm. Corn rootworm is estimated to be a billion dollar yearly problem to the United States’ corn industry as the as the corn rootworm damages the plant's roots and leads to a significantly decreased yield.

  • DeWalt, Giordano, and Chabot discuss phylogeography of aquatic insects at ESA

    Drs. R. Edward DeWalt and Rosanna Giordano and graduate student Ember Chabot presented their research on the phylogeography of two species of stoneflies (Insecta: Plecoptera) at the December annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN. Central TN & KY and the AR & MO Ozarks both served as refugia for these species, with TN & KY contributing most to repopulation of the North. More work is underway to determine routes of dispersal, if other refugia were used, and to determine if these patterns hold for other species.

  • Env. Almanac posts about Confluence Field Station

    Rob Kanter writes about the Confluence Field Station at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center which will open in the Spring of 2010. The article ran in the Environmental Almanac blog. More information can be found by reading the "Confluence Field Station will enhance efforts of National Great Rivers Research and Education Center" post.

  • Could Asian carp be competing for food with eagles?

    INHS Scientists Dr. Gregg Sass and Dr. John Chick were interviewed by Chris Young for an article that questions the cause of the decline of the Bald eagle, and other birds, at the Starved Rock Lock and Dam. One of the possible contributors to the decline may be due to the presence of Asian carp.

  • The Nature Conservancy video of Asian Carp features Dr. Chick

    The Nature Conservancy has produced a short video, called "Tracking Asian carp on the Mississippi," that features Dr. John Chick, INHS Aquatic Ecologist and Director of the INHS' Great Rivers Field Station, discussing the problem that the invasive Asian carp are posing to Illinois' rivers.

  • New division joins the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability

    The newly formed Illinois State Archaeological Survey has become the fifth division of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability. The Illinois Natural History Survey welcomes a new Survey among its ranks.

  • Illinois Times features INHS waterfowl research

    An Illinois Times article follows INHS technicians Danielle DeVito and Curt Kleist as they attach radio transmitters to ducks inside the Emiquon Preserve near Springfield, IL. The birds are being tagged in an effort to study the ducks' migration inside of the preserve. Dr. Joshua Stafford, Director of the INHS Forbes Biological Station, hopes to learn about how and where mallards spend their time at Emiquon. The data that has been collected from the transmitters will be processed to see if any patterns emerge.

  • Dr. Merritt discusses animal hibernation in State-Journal Register

    A February 5, 2010 article called "Animals adopt strategies to survive winter" is available On-line in the State-Journal Register. Chris Young focuses the first half of the article on birds, but the second half is dedicated to mammals, including the groundhog. Dr. Joesph F. Merritt is quoted in the latter half. The article can be read at the State-Journal Register's site, or at the NewsBank site.  Additionally, the article was also picked up by the GateHouse News Service, and ran in the Siskiyou Daily News (Yreka, CA), The Courier (Lincoln, IL) and the Norwich Bulletin (CT).

  • INHS researchers seen in "Outdoor Wisconsin" program

    Illinois Natural History Survey scientists Dr. Greg Sass and Kevin Irons were interviewed by Dan Small from "Outdoor Wisconsin" about Asian carp, an invasive species that are not only an environmental problem, but a physical hazard for boaters as well. The ten minute interview, which focuses on the Illinois River, can be viewed on YouTube on the Outdoor Wisconsin channel (episode #2601).