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Aug 2, 2021
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By Jason Beverlin

From blue-winged teal to redhead ducks to black crappie and bluegill, wildlife soars and swims through acres of restored floodplain at Emiquon Preserve. Yet beneath that lies another teeming world: the tiniest of microscopic organisms and macroinvertebrates.

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Aug 2, 2021
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By Laura Kammin

Watching a hawk soar through a cloudless blue sky or listening in the dark of night to the distant call of an owl are not usually triggers for thinking about cat parasites, but that is the funny thing about nature—everything really is connected.

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Aug 2, 2021
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  • Wildlife
By Marissa Jones

Despite the mudpuppy’s wide distribution, information on the species’ populations and trends are lacking. Thus, more extensive monitoring efforts are needed to better understand the species’ conservation needs.

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Aug 2, 2021
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  • Wildlife
By Baylee McLaughlin

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Realty and Environmental Planning review projects that imperil Illinois-endangered and -threatened species habitats. A recent project is near a location of the state-endangered spotted dusky salamander (Desmognathus conanti).

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May 17, 2021
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By Kathy Andrews Wright

Joe Kath from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources joins us for a Q&A on Species Status Assessment for Bats. Listen in to learn if the little brown bat will be listed as an endangered species and more.

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A message from Chief Mike Wefer

Welcome to the August 2021 edition of the online magazine OutdoorIllinois Journal, featuring timely, seasonally based stories about the Prairie State’s wildlife resources, with an expansion of content to include a broader range of subjects—including endangered and threatened species and Illinois’ unique, high-quality habitats and the people working to preserve, protect and manage these resources.

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