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Amy Coffman-Phillips
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Diversity as Strength: Learning from our Prairies
This article from AskNature.org seems particularly relevant this week as we heal from the deadly and divisive events of the weekend. It may seem strange to draw parallels between plant and human communities to learn from them, but by studying our native tal...
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August iSite: Our Place in the Woodland
Woodland near Railroad Track It is part of my regular routine to walk my dog and sometimes run through a small patch of forest near the railroad tracks in my town. This small 50 acre woodland is bordered by a railroad track, a river, and single family homes...
August iSite: Our Place in the Woodland
August iSite: Our Place in the Woodland
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July iSite Challenge: Finding Nature's Processes
July iSite: Finding Nature's Processes Time: 20-30 minutes Materials: Clear mind, writing utensil and paper In biomimicry when we talk about process, we are talking about how something is made - the "manufacturing" processes including chemistry and assembly...
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{cross posted from moira albanase via facebook} For my June iSite experience, I decided to make it a family event. A car full of sunscreen, snacks, and hats brought my daughter, sister and mother to Scenic Vista in Columbiana County Ohio. While the younger ...
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Another isite!
{cross post from Sally Jungblut via Facebook} I was out kayaking this weekend in Cary when I noticed something bushy in the water. As I reached for the aquatic plant, it's form went from looking like a part of a pine branch to a squishy lump of green.  This...
Another isite!
Another isite!
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Walking the prairie yesterday, I came across a purple echinacae - or coneflower. This plant, while native to Illinois, is not that common in native habitats. In fact, most of the plants that grow in the wild are escaped cultivars. But do they ever stand out...
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Form iSite: the Cup Plant
Did you get outside this weekend? Share your experiences with us through our June iSite Challenge: Exploring Forms in Nature! For example, this is the cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum L.), a plant native to our region that has leaves that join together at th...
Form iSite: the Cup Plant
Form iSite: the Cup Plant
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Did you go outside this weekend and observe nature's forms? Join us for our June iSite challenge! I ( Amy ) took a walk this morning through the The Morton Arboretum and loved seeing all of the gorgeous Bur Oaks. These native trees are naturally fire resist...
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How does nature distribute resources and information? #cottonwood #summersnow
Cottonwood trees propagate their seeds and distribute the "information" needed to reproduce using efficiency and resilience strategies!  Like most wind propagated species, the Cottonwood tree leverages an existing, readily available resource to help it dist...
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Registration is LIVE for our Inaugural Deep Roots Workshop!
Urban flooding...water pollution...topsoil erosion...urban heat islands...  Did you ever wonder WHY we face these challenges? While their individual causes are complex, they result from one systemic failure: the systematic removal of ecosystem services from...
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