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By Jason Ney

From Iowa's Decorah Ice Cave to the Kitty Todd Nature safeguard in Ohio, this quantity offers a image of the main incredible and demanding traditional locations within the Midwestern United States.

• Illustrations depict 50 of the main valuable landscapes within the Midwest

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The preserve, open to the public, is located five miles southeast of Kansas, Illinois. Further Reading Abrams, M. D. ” Bioscience 42 (1992): 346–53. McClain, W. , and S. L. Elzinga. ” Erigenia: Journal of the Illinois Native Plant Society 13 (1994): 79–90. Illinois 5 CACHE RIVER WETLANDS N amed a wetland of international importance by the United Nations’ Ramsar Convention, the Cache River Wetlands host ancient cypress-tupelo swamps as well as upland forests and barrens. Located in the southernmost tip of Illinois, along the Cache River’s lower watershed, the swamp provides critical shelter to migratory shorebirds and waterfowl.

Among the preserve’s wildflowers are false boneset, pale purple coneflower, flowering spurge, hairy petunia, butterfly milkweed, tickseed coreopsis, and prickly pear cactus. In general, most hill prairie vegetation is similar to that found on more typical flatland prairies, including those with different soil types. However, a few species are restricted mainly to loess hill prairie habitat; among these are blue hearts, marbleseed, scurf-pea, scented lady’s tresses, and the state-threatened narrow-leaved green milkweed.

As one of four areas of the Illinois River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Meredosia Refuge forms a vital link within the Illinois River complex and the Mississippi Flyway, a corridor used by migrating birds. The numerous backwater lakes, bottomland and upland forests, and wet and dry prairies provide habitat for various animals, including woodpeckers (Picidae family), wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), grasshopper sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus), and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus).

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