AllTrails – Crowdsourced Hiking Trails for Your Next Adventure

AllTrails is a website/app that features mapped hiking trails created through the power of crowdsourcing. This review is in no way affiliated with AllTrails. But it is a vital resource to birders and hikers. Let’s get started! First impressions of AllTrails is a great big wow! After creating an account you enter a digital map

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Review of American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West

American Wolf, written by Nate Blakeslee, is an action-packed story that reads like a novel. This true story follows the lives of some of Yellowstone National Park’s well-known wolves, including O-Six, a particularly popular alpha female. The lives of wolves are as complex and dynamic as they are misunderstood. Most wolf studies prior to reintroduction

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Wee Naturalists – Whistle Pig Wake Up!

To kick off our second session of the Wee Naturalist program, my elder son and I headed to Russell Woods Forest Preserve on Groundhog’s Day to listen about, you guessed it, woodchucks. We learned that the Delaware Indians called the ground squirrel “wuchak” or “wojak” (didn’t get the spelling) and that they were important to

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Wee Naturalists Program – University of Illinois Extension Office

I recently enrolled my 5-year old in the Wee Naturalist Program for the next four months. This is a recap of our first session, Winter Animals. January thus far has been unseasonably warm so there is zero snow on the ground. Temperatures have been in the 40s and even 50s although we are scheduled for

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Review of Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West

George Bird Grinnell (1849-1938) lived in New York but his heart always belonged to the West. His life and career spanned a pivotal time in history, where the old west meets the new west; the end of the frontier. Michael Punke’s book Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the

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