By Jason Ney
From Iowa's Decorah Ice Cave to the Kitty Todd Nature defend in Ohio, this quantity offers a photo of the main impressive and significant usual areas within the Midwestern United States.
• Illustrations depict 50 of the main precious landscapes within the Midwest
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The Grand Prairie Natural Division that includes Funk’s Grove once hosted large numbers of bison, Blanding’s turtles, and Franklin’s ground squirrels, but the first is now locally extinct, and the other two are in danger of extinction. Critical avian species include the northern harrier, short-eared owl, Henslow’s sparrow, Nelson’s sharp-tailed sparrow, prairie warbler, woodcock, short-billed dowitchers, red-headed woodpecker, savanna sparrow, and dickcessel. Among reptiles native to the area are the ornate box turtle, western hognose snake, smooth green snake, and the state-endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake.
Young saplings and shrubs are particularly vulnerable to overbrowsing by deer. In an effort to reduce the deer population, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources now allows hunting in the preserve during archery season only. With its combination of still pools and fast-moving currents over shallow, rocky areas, the lower Wabash River hosts a wide variety of fish, including carp, channel catfish, white bass, freshwater drum, sauger, golden redhorse, gravel chub, long-ear sunfish, rock bass, river chub, and mooneye.
Center for Wildlife Ecology, Illinois Natural History Survey. 1996. html. LARUE-PINE ECOLOGICAL AREA E ncompassing a swamp remnant below towering limestone bluffs, the LaRue-Pine Ecological Area of the Shawnee National Forest is one of the most biologically diverse places in Illinois. Together, the intertwined ecosystems of the Pine Hills and the LaRue Swamp harbor 43 percent of all the state’s known plant species; dozens of rare, threatened, or endangered plants and animals; and several unusual species more common to the southern United States.
America's Natural Places: The Midwest by Jason Ney