blog posts Staging a threatening encounter at a blackbird nest Oct 7, 2021 8:00 am2 views 'The male stares me down while flicking his tail and wings – a sign that I’m not welcome here. Red-winged blackbirds are among the most brash and vocal birds you’ll ever meet.' Exploring the remnants of an ancient forest Sep 2, 2021 4:15 pm0 views Hundreds of researchers have made use of these two woodlands over the decades, and these and other natural areas owned by the U. of I. are vital to training students in ecological research. Hunting a creature that hunts me Aug 20, 2021 1:15 pm7 views When I reach the trap...I see that it’s covered in ticks. Hooray! Quickly though, I realize that I’ve introduced my own CO2 to the scene, along with the added attractant of my body heat. Suddenly, I become the local target of choice for the ticks. In pursuit of Indiana bats Jun 22, 2021 8:45 am2 views 'My role at this site is to attach temperature-sensitive radio tags to reproductive female Indiana bats. We’ll use these tags to track the bats to roost trees during the day and to monitor their body temperatures.' Taking a cicada road trip May 27, 2021 9:30 am2 views 'Every night, we quietly lurk in the dark at the edge of the lawn to listen for the rustling of dried leaves as the cicadas come out of their burrows. It’s a bit creepy, but also stunning...' Catching bats for conservation May 18, 2021 11:00 am4 views 'With all the intimidation and preparation leading up to this night, I had built the bats up to be something dramatic – even fearsome – in my mind, but sitting there in my hand, the bats are smaller and sweeter than I anticipated. They are fuzzy.' Pondering U of I's ecological impact Apr 22, 2021 9:00 am4 views I am biased, but I think the university’s leadership in so many areas of environmental research is exceptional. Here’s why. Connecting a virus to cancer – in sea lions Mar 31, 2021 9:45 am43 views 'To say the images made us pathologists excited is an understatement. It was a eureka moment that was a long time in the making.' Hunting Goodenough Days Nov 30, 2020 8:00 am2 views Artist Bea Nettles uses photographs of names from gravestones to create poetry for her book projects. Her most recent book 'Head Lines: Worlds Warning' is a chronology of the COVID-19 outbreak. Finding one elusive bird Oct 16, 2020 9:00 am4 views Illinois Natural History Survey assistant ornithologist Anastasia Rahlin conducted field surveys in Volo Bog State Natural Area, and her efforts paid off with the discovery of a king rail, a water bird that blends in well with its surroundings. Unearthing an uncommon, burrowing snake Oct 12, 2020 9:30 am17 views Kirtland’s snakes were once widespread in Illinois, but now are listed as a threatened species. With more than 99% of Illinois’ natural prairies lost to agriculture and urban development, these snakes struggle to maintain their current populations. Celebrating our diversity through food Sep 28, 2020 9:30 am5 views 'My background is not a gauge of my worthiness or an obstacle to communication but an amalgamation of experiences and culture that I can share with my colleagues,' writes undgrad student Yi-Ying Tung. Following the sounds of prairie cicadas Sep 24, 2020 1:00 pm2 views Scientists at the Illinois Natural History Survey study the elusive insect. Gathering data to save a rare turtle Aug 13, 2020 9:45 am8 views 'Our goal is to learn as much as we can about (Blanding's turtles). Knowing...how many Blanding’s turtles remain – in the context of the turtle community as a whole – will help in the development of viable conservation and recovery plans for them.' Building a prairie and watching for bees Aug 6, 2020 8:45 am7 views Two years ago, Professor Alexandra Harmon-Threatt built this outdoor labby planting more than 80 prairie species here. Her mission is to attract ground-nesting bees. She is here to see which bees are showing up. But that’s not all she’s after. Chasing bumble bees on a patch of prairie Jul 21, 2020 9:15 am1 views Scientists know so little about bumble bees that it’s hard to make recommendations about the kinds of habitat they need, says Tommy McElrath, insect collection manager of the Illinois Natural History Survey. Grace and healing: Parkinson's dance class exercises body, mind Jun 12, 2020 10:30 am2 views Dance for People with Parkinson’s uses dance to inspire patients to expand the limits of their condition. 'You just have to keep moving, one way or another. If I ever stop moving, that’s the end of it.' says participant Gary Stitt. Rediscovering a path to the Milky Way May 6, 2020 11:00 am3 views We’re here because it’s wet. Archaeologist Tim Pauketat, who has studied Cahokia 25 years, wants to see it flooded. Watching how the water flows here will help unlock some of the secrets of this place, he says. Rohit Bhargava: My path to Illinois Apr 9, 2020 9:15 am1 views 'Illinois technology has transformed lives, from the transistor to the LED, the MRI and the web browser. I knew we had the science and people to transform cancer too, if only we could bring them together.' Will Schneider: My path to Illinois Apr 6, 2020 2:00 pm9 views 'Illinois has historically played a large role in shaping our understanding of child maltreatment, and I believe that we can alter the trajectory of generations of children to come.' Teresa Cardador: My path to Illinois Mar 30, 2020 2:15 pm2 views 'Meaningful work is not simply something you go out and find like an egg at an Easter egg hunt. It’s something co-created, over time, by individuals and the organizations they work in.' Girish Chowdhary: My path to Illinois Mar 27, 2020 9:00 am0 views 'At Illinois, this vision has bloomed into an invaluable research collaboration for some of the brightest minds crop sciences. The robots can do the research fieldwork required in a fraction of the time.' Professor Esther Ngumbi: My path from the Kenyan coast to Illinois Mar 23, 2020 9:45 am1 views 'I grew up on the Kenyan coast... My parents were teachers, but their income was not enough to sustain us and send us to school. So, we also farmed. I got up early every day to work on the farm before school.' Reading history in the soil Jan 28, 2020 8:45 am0 views Archaeologists are often asked, 'What is the most interesting thing you’ve ever found?' My answer...is not as much about the objects I find as it is about the stories I learn from them. Finding time for play Dec 5, 2019 8:00 am2 views Graduate student Mary Lyons studies teachers’ strategies for supporting young children’s play-based learning. Surviving a football frenzy Nov 15, 2019 9:45 am2 views Photographer Fred Zwicky puts you on the field as bedlam unfolds and Illinois fans celebrate a major upset victory over heavily favored Wisconsin. Measuring the unseen life of a river Sep 25, 2019 8:00 am2 views Illinois researchers can learn about the life of a river without seeing the animals that live there. Bringing yesterday's plants to digital life Jul 31, 2019 1:00 pm0 views This imaging process is part of Endless Forms, an NSFdigitization project. Our part is to digitize specimens from across the country in three groups: succulent plants, carnivorous plants and epiphytes. Tracking an invisible world Jul 22, 2019 9:30 am0 views Successful experiments are worth the sleepless nights I spend dissecting the processes in living things that are essentially invisible to us. Extracting history from a cornfield Jul 17, 2019 8:45 am1 views The scientists and students have access only to the foundations of the 800-year-old village, as plows have erased everything else. Looters, too, have damaged the site.