Category Archives: parks and public land

“Winter Wildlife on the Prairie” — Tomorrow at Midewin

The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in southern Will County, about 50 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, is the largest tallgrass prairie ecological restoration project east of the Mississippi River, and one of the great open space resources / biodiversity preserves … Continue reading

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Restoring Illinois’ Tallgrass Prairie: SUST Major Tiffany Mucci Reports on Her Spring 2016 Internship at Midewin

This spring 2016 semester, several students in the Sustainability Studies Program here at Roosevelt will report and reflect upon their sustainability-related internship experiences. Here’s the first such post from Tiffany Mucci, a senior SUST major interning in plant conservation and … Continue reading

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2016 Lecture Series at Midewin Underway

The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in southern Will County, about 50 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, is the largest tallgrass prairie ecological restoration project east of the Mississippi River, and one of the great open space resources / biodiversity preserves … Continue reading

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Chicago River Now Accessible With Google Maps Street View

If you’ve taken SUST 220, SUST 350, or a SUST Special Topics course, there’s good chance you’ve also participated in a guided canoe trip on the Chicago River.  Now this urban waterway can be toured from the comfort of your computer … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Research in Kenya: A Report from the Field by SUST Prof. Julian Kerbis Peterhans

Roosevelt University professor of natural science Julian Kerbis Peterhans diligently works on his research at in the Field Museum of Natural History’s mammals department; but during the summer months he often finds himself in the biologically rich lands of Central … Continue reading

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Removal of Winnetka Road Dam a “Milestone” for the Chicago River

Reprinted from the Winter 2015 issue of The Friends of the Chicago River newsletter. More than a decade after [Friends of the Chicago River] embarked on an ambitious dam removal program for the Chicago River system, the first dam was demolished on … Continue reading

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Bison Reintroduced to the Illinois Prairie

by Tiffany Mucci A monumental and long-awaited phase in the restoration efforts at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie was realized last month with the reintroduction of a small herd of American bison.  Midewin spans a 19,000-acre piece of land located just … Continue reading

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