Meet Your (Distant) Neighbors – Galápagos Edition

    Eastern Galápagos Racer (Pseudalsophis biserialis) - Often overlooked, this enigmatic snake is difficult to observe in the eastern Galápagos archipelago, where it dwells in coastal, xeric (very dry) areas. For this reason, little is known about the natural history and conservation status of this seldom seen species.       Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus …

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Champaign’s Toxic Neighborhood

It is easy to think of the University of Illinois as somewhat of a bubble, removed from many of the injustices--both social and environmental--that are common everywhere throughout the United States. In recent years (and especially the last decade), grocery stores, restaurants, services, and apartments of varying degrees of luxury have opened on or near …

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Grad Interviews: This grad is getting her PhD Koalafication!

This issue’s Grad Interview is with Christina Ruiz-Rodriguez who studies Koala genetics.         “Ultimately, the findings of my research will benefit both Zoo and wild koala populations” “One of the coolest things about koalas is that they are only found in Australia.” “Koalas … eat eucalyptus leaves, which can be poisonous to …

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Agritourism: An Opportunity for Education

On a warm, October Saturday in Champaign, thirty-five people gather at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery to enjoy the last farm-to-table dinner of the season. During the summer months, Prairie Fruits Farm hosts dinners at their farm using local produce from their farm and surrounding farms. Prairie Fruits Farm is just one of many agritourism …

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