Category Archives: Institute Highlights

Illinois State Water Survey at the 1914 State Fair

The 2015 Illinois State Fair opens today in Springfield.  To celebrate the Fair and “throwback Thursday,” we are highlighting an exhibit displayed by Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) at the Illinois State Fair held September 18-26, 1914, nearly 101 years ago. The exhibit was in the … Continue reading

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Ancient bobcat burial revealed

A team of archaeologists, including Ken Farnsworth of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, has identified a Hopewellian burial specimen from Illinois as a juvenile bobcat wearing a collar.  They reported the human-like burial of the bobcat in the Midcontinental Journal … Continue reading

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Plants can alter West Nile virus risk

University of Illinois Researchers, including Ephantus Muturi from the Illinois Natural History Survey, have just published a paper showing how leaf litter from landscape plants affects populations of mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus.   They report that certain nonnative … Continue reading

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Emerging fungal disease of snakes

Scientists at the University of Illinois, including Illinois Natural History Survey mycologist Andrew Miller have published a detailed account of an emerging fungal disease of snakes which is a threat to both wild and captive snakes. Read the Illinois News … Continue reading

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Natural and Cultural Resources Master Plan for the Forest Preserves of Cook County

The Natural and Cultural Resources Master Plan for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, produced by the Prairie Research Institute, provides data-driven guidance to the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC)–which celebrated their 100th anniversary in February–for managing preserves in … Continue reading

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Avian Knowledge Network (AKN)

The Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) is a partnership of people, institutions and government agencies supporting the conservation of birds and their habitats based on data, the adaptive management paradigm, and the best available science. AKN partners act to improve awareness, … Continue reading

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New Citizen Science LibGuide published

The Prairie Research Institute Library has a new Citizen Science LibGuide available. Citizen science allows volunteer non-scientists to participate in data collection and analysis for scientific projects. The guide includes links to existing projects, both nationally and in Illinois. For … Continue reading

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McConkey appointed to FEMA Technical Mapping Advisory Council

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as mandated by the mandated by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, has established the Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC), “tasked with developing recommendations for FEMA’s flood mapping program to ensure that flood … Continue reading

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New Resilient Cities LibGuide published

The librarians at the Prairie Research Institute Library have developed a new guide to assist communities with becoming more resilient in the face of a changing climate and other threats. The guide includes information on: strategies for identifying and responding … Continue reading

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Illinois Sustainable Technology Center’s One Billion Gallon Challenge Announces First Research / Technology Demonstration Grants for Illinois

Four water research projects were announced Friday, May 30 – the first steps toward a goal of saving one billion gallons of water in Illinois. American Water Corp., Carus Corp., Loyola University and the city of Urbana have been awarded … Continue reading

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