A Day at Allerton

Western chorus frogs, a red-tailed hawk, blue-grey gnatcatchers, and a common garter snake. There was a tufted titmouse, a towhee, and a red-headed woodpecker. These are just some of the animals I saw or heard last Saturday at Allerton Park. PRN member and birder David Thomas, PRN board member Rob Kanter, and I left Champaign [...]

RiverWatch trainees get their feet wet learning to identify aquatic bugs

By Andrew Rehn Last Saturday, RiverWatch trainer Matt Young and five brave river citizens (including myself), wearing questionably waterproof boots, waded into the chilly March waters of the Saline Branch in Urbana’s Crystal Lake Park. Another six participants without waterproof gear watched from the riverbank. We were participating in a RiverWatch training session, becoming citizen scientists [...]

Farmer Baker Brewer Summit highlights local grains

It sounds like the setup to a joke, but earlier this month 50 farmers, bakers, brewers and distillers all walked into an historic Alton bakery (now the Old Bakery Beer Company) to talk about something they all have in common – grain – and how they can use and source more local and specialty grains [...]

Annual Dinner 2016 Round Up

The Prairie Rivers Network staff and board of directors had a wonderful evening visiting with our members and friends at our Annual Dinner on October 21, 2016 View more, full size photos at our Flickr site… Each year, we celebrate outstanding river conservationists. Bruce Colravy of Mahomet, IL received the River Steward award for his dedication to [...]

Get Your “I ♥ Wildlife” t-shirt

Shirt choices: Men's or unisex - steel blue with crew neck Women's - leaf green with v-neck (fitted, runs slightly small) Sizes - S  M  L  XL  XXL Make a donation of $20 or more to Prairie Rivers Network to protect clean water and we'll send you a complimentary shirt. Just tell us what kind (men's/unisex or women's) and [...]