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Title:The DuPage River basin : an inventory of the region's resources
Author(s):Post, Susan L.
Subject(s):Natural Resources --Illinois --Du Page River Watershed
Environmental protection --Illinois --Du Page River Watershed
Ecosystem management --Illinois --Du Page River Watershed
Geographic Coverage:Illinois
Abstract:From its perch on a telephone wire strung over a busy interstate, a kestrel surveys its ever-shrinking domain. Gone are Brushy Grove, Twelve-mile Grove, and Jewel Grove, islands of trees in the vast prairie that was once DuPage and Will County. They have been replaced by towns and developments with tree-like names — Woodridge, Downers Grove, and Elmhurst. Strings of geese crisscross the sky high above the kestrel, bathed in a golden glow from a low winter sun. The numerous flocks of geese seem to mimic the endless lines of telephone wires stretching across the landscape. Yet they go unnoticed by the ever watchful kestrel. Suddenly the bird moves, swoops, hovers, drops, and grasps a prairie vole within its talons. Life has changed for the kestrel, but it can still be good. As in the rest of the state, settlement of the DuPage River basin began with the slow emergence of pioneer settlements progressing to self-supporting farm centers. By the mid-twentieth century, however, the similarity stops as the area becomes an almost continuous urban landscape, the result of its proximity to Chicago, one of the largest cities on the earth. Urban development has affected everything from agriculture to archaeology, wildlife to wild areas. Life has changed for humans too, but, like for the kestrel, it can still be good. Residents are working together to preserve and expand greenspace and wildlife habitat, as well as improv
Issue Date:2001-02
Publisher:Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
Series/Report:Critical Trends Assessment Program
Genre:Report (Grant or Annual)
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:These documents are a product of the Illinois state scientific surveys and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and has been selected and made available by the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They are intended solely for noncommercial research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-11-03
Identifier in Online Catalog:4475999
OCLC Identifier:(OCoLC)ocm48147461

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  • Critical Trends Assessment Program Regional Watershed Assessments
    Detailed assessments of 32 major watersheds in Illinois, conducted through the Critical Trends Assessment Program administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Includes contributions from each of the State Scientific Surveys which are now part of the Prairie Research Institute.

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