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April: Not At All the Cruelest Month…

April 3, 2009 clifftop CliffNotes

miami mist, T. Rollins

April is a wonderful month to view the dynamic and beautiful natural processes at work in our bluff lands. Our still leafless woods allow us to see the physical structure and layout – the skeleton – of one of Illinois’s most important natural treasures. A simple driving tour along Bluff Road, from Columbia to Modoc, […]


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Geese Trumpet and Call In the Spring

March 7, 2007 clifftop CliffNotes

Canada Geese abstract, T. Rollins

Canada geese truly herald and trumpet the arrival of spring over the bluff lands of Monroe, St. Clair, and Randolph Counties. Conservationist and hunter Aldo Leopold said it best in 1940 with the observation “…one skein of geese, clearing the murk of a March thaw, is the spring.” Canada geese are very much family creatures. […]


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