New Dekalb County Forest Preserve: Prairie Oaks

This past weekend we visited a newly opened preserve in DeKalb County, Illinois called “Prairie Oaks Forest Preserve”. Immediately we were impressed by the variety of habitat which included some wetlands, large stately oaks, and some restored prairie/savanna. There is also a fairly large, older forest that is far removed from the road. The preserve

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Review: National Geographic Bird-Watcher’s Bible

National Geographic Bird-watcher’s Bible: A Complete Treasury is the sort of book that could turn just about anyone into a fan of birds. A quick flip through the pages and everything that is great about National Geographic jumps out at you. Filled with jaw-dropping visuals—photographs, illustrations, and artwork—the Bird-watcher’s Bible covers a wide range of

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Review: Cuckoos of the World

Cuckoos of the World (Helm Identification Guides) covers all 144 species of birds in the family Cuculidae. This includes not only those with “cuckoo” in their name but also the malkohas, couas, coucals, roadrunners, anis, and others. The U.S. has six somewhat common cuckoos: Black-billed, Yellow-billed, and Mangrove Cuckoos, Groove-billed and Smooth-billed Anis and Greater

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Review: Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia

The Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia (Princeton Field Guides) covers a region of the world I am entirely unfamiliar with but is full of islands: meaning full of endemic birds! The islands that make up Melanesia (a region in the southwest Pacific, east of New Guinea) include: Bismarcks (New Britain, New

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