Illinois Beach State Park

Sam Crowe on November 2nd, 2009

The south end of Illinois Beach State park is like no other place in the entire state. The northern third of it consists of a pine savanna over a rich prairie understory. But not one of the pines is native- they are what remains of what might be considered the first attempt to engage in […]

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Sam Crowe on September 26th, 2009

The field trip I co-led¬† two Sundays ago (September 13)¬†allows me to introduce two important parts of my life that I have not yet mentioned in these blogs. The most important of which is spouse Cindy Kerchmar, who likes natural history very much but seems to have avoided going on any outings that I have […]

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