Featured Articles from The Butterfly Effect


The Eastern Meadowlark

“It is increasingly difficult to find ‘grassland’ birds, such as meadowlarks, within metro areas. Empty fields are typically seen as opportunities for more urban development.
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Life in a Woodwide Web

“A tree’s most important means of staying connected to other trees is a ‘woodwide web’ of soil fungi that connects vegetation in an intimate network that allows the sharing of an enormous amount of information and goods.
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Amanita Muscaria and Boletus Edulis: Two of 10,000 Kinds of Mushrooms to Notice on this Planet.

“Last fall, my brother and I took our parents to the North Shore of Lake Superior to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
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A Bird in an Avian Candy Store?

The ubiquitous American goldfinch can be found just about anywhere, at least sometime during the year, throughout the U.S. and southern Canada.
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Wellness One Yard at a Time: How Eco-Friendly Landscaping Can Improve Human Health. By Kelly Cartwright, Ph.D.

Kelly Cartwright, Ph.D., is a biology professor at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois where she teaches environmental biology, general biology, botany, and introduction to sustainability.
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Jewel-Toned Beauty

“I love this composition, with the aster’s swept-back petals and the bee’s intense colors against the dark background.
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Unfarming the Driftless

When the O’Connors bought an old dairy turned deer-hunting farm, they had visions of transforming it into a “perfect” prairie. “We envisioned prairies with beautiful flowers, all natives, and no weeds,” explains Marcie, who, with her husband Mike, has been restoring their 500-acre farm near Alma, Wisconsin, into prairie and savanna for the past 20...
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Complete Puffery

Nature photographer Travis Bonovsky has a knack for spotting birds “doing their thing,” just about any time he walks out his front door.
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