Category Archives: travel

The Ballard Nature Center is a glimpse into what Illinois was like before the landscape gave way to cultivation for corn and soybeans. Located between Altamont and Effingham, just off old Route 40, Ballard Nature Center is a remarkable prairie … Continue reading

On the very the southern tip of Illinois, in the Cache River State Natural Area, you’ll find Little Black Slough Nature Preserve. Well known for its cypress-tupelo swamp, Little Black Slough has floodplain forests, upland woods and small patches of … Continue reading

The Garden of the Gods Recreation Area in the Shawnee Hills is a treat for anyone with a taste for geology. The sandstone bluffs and huge boulders at Garden of the Gods present unique formations including one dubbed “Camel Rock.” … Continue reading

Robert Allerton Park in Piatt county hosts over 1,090 species of plants and sixty species of breeding birds. ¬†The Sangamon river floodplain is the perfect environment for a variety of flowers including cardinal flowers, Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauty, wild geranium … Continue reading

Apple River Canyon State Park in northern Illinois provides the kind of topography that much of the state would seemingly lack. This Jo Daviess County nature site is featured in Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie … Continue reading

In Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie State, naturalists Michael Jeffords and Susan Post¬†invite you to discover fifty preserves, forests, restoration areas, and parks in the Land of Lincoln. Each Wednesday we’ll preview some of the … Continue reading

There’s a street sign at 43rd St. and 8th Ave. that says “Don’t Honk.” Five blocks north I didn’t hear any honking at 7:00 a.m., but I did hear occasional siren bursts from police cars as they passed through intersections or … Continue reading

Those of you traveling to New York next week for BEA may want to wait until after the expo to read William Langewieche’s new Vanity Fair column on bird strikes near La Guardia. On the afternoon of last January 15, a flock … Continue reading