Ecosystem

Illinois EPA Sampling Detects Elevated Metals in Groundwater Monitoring Wells in Rockton, Not Detected Before Chemtool Fire

55 Source of the contamination currently unknown; private well sampling being initiated SPRINGFIELD – State and local officials have confirmed the presence of elevated metals, including antimony, cadmium, chromium, and nickel, in groundwater monitoring wells […]

Sportmix pet product for dog affected by aflatoxin (SOURCE: FDA)
Pet Rescue

Potentially Fatal Levels of Aflatoxin; U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Recall of Some Sportmix Pet Food Products

166 The FDA announced Wednesday, December 30, 2020 that levels of aflatoxin found certain lots of Sportmix pet food are potentially fatal. There are 28 deaths and eight illnesses connected to dogs that consumed the […]

Climate Suitability of Asian Giant Hornet (SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America | Assessing the ecological niche and invasion potential of the Asian giant hornet)
Outdoors

Washington State Department of Agriculture Uses Radio Trackers Tagged on 3 Asian Giant Hornets to Track Down Nest and Eradicate the Nest

673 On October 22, 2020, the Washington State Department of Agriculture located the first-ever nest of Asian giant hornets (aka murder hornets) in the United States. The nest was found in a tree cavity near […]

Emaciated coyote with mange immediately after it was seen eating a dead coyote and drinking water at a wet area near a sump pump outlet in a backyard in Arlington Heights in late March 2020
Outdoors

Two Lethal Removals of Coyotes in Arlington Heights South of Palatine Road Near Arlington Heights Road Last September

9,169 A professional with a Commercial Wildlife Permit lethally removed two coyotes in September 2020 from residential neighborhoods on both sides of Arlington Heights Road, just south of Palatine Road, according to a source familiar […]

Asian Giant Hornet trapped July 14, 2020 in Birch Bay, Washington
Outdoors

Washington State Department of Agriculture Announces First Trapped Asian Giant Hornet Since First Sighting in the Wild in December 2019

497 Washington Traps First Asian Giant Hornet – WSDA Virtual Press Conference (Friday July 31, 2020). The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced on Friday July 31, 2020 the first confirmed discovery of a […]

Improperly placed and overgrown trees block the view of the Chicago skyline from the Payton Hills lookout in Arlington Heights
Outdoors

Respect Overdue at Arlington Heights Park District’s Lookout at Payton Hill at Nickol Knoll — Lack of Upkeep is a Disgrace to Walter Payton

2,655 Arlington Heights Park District describes Nickol Knoll as a terraced golf course with manicured greens and natural grasses. In a brochure, the Arlington Heights Park District highlights a “look-out point where 354 communities and […]

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Gov

Another Asian Giant Hornet in Washington State — Queen in Washington and British Columbia; Habitats May Be Ideal in Areas East of Mississippi River As Well

489 The discovery of a queen Asian Giant Hornet in northeast Bellingham, Washington marks the fourth Asian Giant Hornet discovered in Washington state and in the United States. The introduction of the Asian Giant Hornet […]