Sam Crowe on August 29th, 2009

Last Saturday (August 22) I was able to do two of my favorite things: joining Ken Brock’s crew (thing 1) in a lake watch at Miller (Gary), Indiana (thing 2). No one in the Chicago region, and possibly in the Midwest, birds quite like Ken and his group. Ken is a retired geology professor at […]

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Sam Crowe on August 19th, 2009

Fens are a distinctive type of wetland and are among the rarest natural communities to occur in northeastern Illinois. Their defining element is that they are nurtured by water rich in calcium, in contrast to bogs whose waters tend to be acidic. These waters are in shallow aquifers or lenses in limestone or gravel and […]

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Sam Crowe on August 12th, 2009

  I have definitely been birding more this summer than I usually do. I am attributing this in large measure to the mild temperatures and the need to feed the blog, a cruel and demanding master (“Yes, Mom, I know that your brain surgery will be dicey. Well believe me I would much rather be […]

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