WMC Conservation Newsletter Spring 2018- Illinois Conservation

Curious Encounters With Wildlife in Illinois

After almost 60 years of studying butterflies in Illinois, the United States, and the World, former Illinois Natural History Survey entomologists Mike Jeffords and Susan Post are publishing a comprehensive manual titled “Butterflies of Illinois – A Field Guide,” which includes stunning photos of the 107 species of butterfly native to Illinois. Top sites in Illinois for butterfly viewing in as suggested by the Jeffords and Post are; Mason County, the best place to see the Fritillary butterfly; Bonnie’s Prairie – Iroquois County in the 10.6-acre Illinois Nature Preserve; and Loda Cemetery Preserve. Find the complete article here.

Great Spangled Fritillary By MONGO – Own work, Public Domain

Controlled Burn Rejuvenates Prairie Near Loami

A team of about a dozen volunteers lead by Vern LaGesse, the director of the 120-acre Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary, oversaw the controlled burn of 300 acres on March 15. LeGesse stated that the purpose of the controlled burn was to make way for the diverse plant species that grow on the prairie by eliminating last year’s build-up of thatch. “It lets the other plants germinate their seeds and grow,” said LeGesse “the fire also helps reduce any woody trees that have invaded into the prairie.” Not all of the 300-acres surrounding the Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary are burned every year, some are on a four or five-year burn rotation. These areas are left for ground-nesting birds to have cover for their spring nests. Read the full article from The State Journal-Register.

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By: Kate Keets, WMC Conservation Chair

Barred Owl Recovery

By Megan Stuart, class of 2020

On February 26th, the clinic received a barred owl that had been found after being hit by a car. The owl was upright and didn’t have any immediately noticeable problems. 2 fractures were palpated during the initial exam, one fracture was on the foot and the other on the clavicle. Both had a callous over them which indicates the car accident was not the cause, and these fractures were much older. There was a foul smell coming from the face, and under the closed left eyelid was a collapsed eye that was brown, wrinkly, and shrunken in. The team provided antibiotics, pain medications, and fluids to the patient along with a quiet, dark cage for rest.

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Barred Owl Has a Big Week!

A Barred Owl was transferred to the Wildlife Medical Clinic from a nearby veterinary clinic on February 20th after being hit by a car on February 18th. In their initial exam, the team noticed an open fracture on the middle of the right humerus of the wing. Radiographs (x-rays) showed that the wing had been rotated a complete 360 degrees!

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