October 1, 2017 – Seeds, Giant Pumpkins and Solar Panels

Sharon Bladholm returns to the show to talk about her latest nature-focused art exhibit. Mike and Peggy talk to a man who grew a 1,852 pound pumpkin this year. Erik Carlberg and Doug Snower from Windfree Solar explain why this is a good time for clean energy in Illinois.

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September 17, 2017 – Wildcrafting, Tracking Monarchs

Lisa M. Rose talks about her book Midwest Medicinal Plants and how you can forage for those plants in your own yard. A group called Mighty House announces an effort to reduce nutrient pollutants by targeting big meat producers. Doug Taron from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum reports on Midwest monarch populations as they begin their migration to Mexico.

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July 9, 2017 – Of Seeds, Monarchs and Kayaks

New executive director of Seed Savers Exchange Lee Buttala talks about the challenges of being the guardians of 25,000 varieties of seeds. Allen Lawrance from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has monarch update for the 2017 season. Laura Barghusen from Openlands announces the launch of Paddle Illinois Water Trails for canoes and kayaks.

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