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By Jason Ney

From Iowa's Decorah Ice Cave to the Kitty Todd Nature protect in Ohio, this quantity offers a photo of the main awesome and critical traditional locations within the Midwestern United States.

• Illustrations depict 50 of the main valuable landscapes within the Midwest

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Critical avian species include the northern harrier, short-eared owl, Henslow’s sparrow, Nelson’s sharp-tailed sparrow, prairie warbler, woodcock, short-billed dowitchers, red-headed woodpecker, savanna sparrow, and dickcessel. Among reptiles native to the area are the ornate box turtle, western hognose snake, smooth green snake, and the state-endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake. Common mammals include white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbits, fox squirrels, and coyotes. Although Funk’s Grove has been protected in one form or another for more than 160 years, it still faces threats from lack of fires and invasive weeds.

Sedge meadows occur in depressions where water collects and host cord grass, bluejoint grass, and various sedges. When a Northeastern Illinois University biochemist discovered this small fragment of forgotten prairie amid suburban homes in the 1960s, it was partly covered by trees and shrubs that normally do not occur in a prairie landscape. Native prairie grasses still grew in patches, however, and a group of scientists and conservationists set out to restore the property by cutting trees and shrubs; pulling invasive weeds; planting native species from seed; and conducting controlled burns.

5 (1955): 367–466. Illinois Department of Natural Resources. htm#Limestone. , et al. ” Erigenia: Journal of the Illinois Native Plant Society, no. 14 (January 1996): 41–52. Illinois FOREST O OF THE 11 WABASH ne of the last virgin deciduous forests east of the Mississippi River, the Forest of the Wabash harbors upland and northern floodplain woodlands along the Wabash River. A remnant of the extensive forests that once covered the valley, the 329-acre preserve lies along the west bank of the lower Wabash.

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