Environmental Almanac

Weekly commentaries on the environment and appreciating the natural world, by Rob Kanter from the School of Earth, Society, and Environment at the University of Illinois.


Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 4m. Bisher sind 168 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich

A new sighting and a turtle tale revisited

Could a turtle photographed recently in Urbana be the same one featured in this story from 2013? 


 2020-05-22  n/a

Extra time? The birds are out there!

While human movement is currently restricted, spring bird migration is in full swing--and you need no orgranized acitivities to check it out.


 2020-05-07  n/a

A Backyard Lesson in the Birds and the Bees

What do you get when you cultivate native plants in your yard? Beautiful scenery and first-hand education in local ecology. 


 2020-04-23  n/a

Perspectives on Earth Day

Are you wondering what to make of Earth Day during this time of social distancing? Tune for some perspective from some perspective from some local environmentalists.


 2020-04-16  n/a

Federal policy the foundation for a wildlife success story

The fastest animal on earth was once endangered in most of the U.S., but it has come back from the brink thanks to federal policy. Stop by to learn about the peregrin falcon.


 2020-03-13  n/a

Return of the American Woodcock, Another March Madness

One of the early season highlights of birding in central Illinois is the widespread return in March of a bird called the American woodcock.


 2020-03-05  n/a

Crustaceans the stars of this year’s Insect Fear Film Festival

Grad students bring some real versus reel commentary on giant crabs and other creatures.


 2020-02-20  n/a

Appreciating Illinois amphibians and the habitats that support them

It may be too early in the year to contemplate April showers bringing May flowers. But in much of Illinois heavy rains in late February and early March trigger an astonishing and ancient natural phenomenon—the annual congregation of amphibians in the waters where they breed.


 2020-02-13  n/a

Get out soon to find the first flower of spring

People who go looking for beauty in the woodlands of central Illinois tend to get excited about the months of April and May, when showy beauties like Virginia bluebells carpet the woodland floor. But if you wait until April to get out, you may already be a month late for the emergence of the first flower of spring.


 2020-02-06  n/a

It’s time to make woodchucks well-loved

How do you expand appreciation for an animal beyond a single day out of the year? Listen as U of I student Grace Finnell-Gudwien shares her interest in groundhogs.


 2020-01-30  n/a