All Riled Up for Wild Things

Headed to the Wild Things Conference going down Saturday, January 31, at UIC? If so, let’s connect—Team EcoMyths is on the lookout for new conservation-loving friends like you. — by Beth Kosson, Education Director, EcoMyths Alliance You’ll be able to easily spot our crew (without binoculars) at this year’s Wild Things Conference in Chicago, where … Read more

Myth: Wild Predators Belong Anywhere But Here

Meaty Topic: Are Large Carnivores Moving Into a New Neck of the Woods? Plenty of people like the idea of big wild animals like bears, big cats, and wolves roaming the land…in theory. Large meat-eaters can exude an aura of cool, plus, their babies are ridiculously cute. But when these top-of-the-food-chain creatures, aka apex predators, … Read more

Do Scare Tactics Motivate YOU to Live a Greener Life?

Many environmental organizations use scare tactics to motivate people to take action. For most people, the end result is that they are overwhelmed and too discouraged to act. Listen in to an interesting conversation I had on this very topic with Diane Wood, president of the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) as we explore different … Read more

On the Air: Wild Predators in Illinois?

Remember the black bear spotted throughout the summer wandering through cornfields and backyards in Northern Illinois? Several large mammals that we are not used to seeing in the Chicago region have been turning up occasionally in recent years. Not just bears, but also cougars and wolves. Get the camera! This is pretty cool. As long … Read more

Myth: Bugs Are Out to Get You!

Scaring Up the Facts About Bugs They’re weird looking! They have too many legs! Some of them, sometimes, bite! No, we’re not talking about Justin Bieber’s fan club. This time, it’s all about bugs, and just how scary they actually are. Myth busted: While bugs like Dracula ants, cannibalistic spiders, and million-leggers may sound scary … Read more

On the Air: Bugs Aren’t Diabolical, They’re Just Standoffish

While decorating the office with the last of our giant fake Halloween spiders last week, the EcoMyths team was inspired to explore the age-old question, “Are bugs really out to get us?” Today on Worldview, Jerome McDonnell and I had two experts on the hot seat: Corrie Moreau, PhD, an ant specialist at the Field … Read more

Explore the Chicago River, One Click at a Time

— by Betsy Hands, director of outreach and community relations, Friends of the Chicago River Click to learn about all the potential fun and intrigue along this gem of an urban river. Outdoor adventurers and map enthusiasts, take note: Friends of the Chicago River has unveiled a new tech-savvy tool to navigate the ever expanding … Read more

Top 5 Easiest Ways to Go Green Now

In the quest to green your world, every One Green Thing you do matters. Not sure where to start? Try one of these super-easy—yet super-effective ways—to start greening your world, your way. 1. Bring your own mug to work. Easy peasy, right? And yet, Americans throw out 25,000 Styrofoam cups each year, according to the … Read more

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Myth Busted: Every #OneGreenThing You Do Matters Greening your world is a serious matter—but it’s seriously doable when you choose to take the #OneGreenThing pledge. It’s all about taking small, easy actions that add up to a greener world. What’s your fave easy green thing to do? Take a selfie proclaiming your One Green Thing … Read more

Myth: You Gotta Green Everything to Green Anything

Myth Busted: Every #OneGreenThing You Do Matters Greening your world is a serious matter—but it’s seriously doable when you choose to take the #OneGreenThing pledge. It’s all about taking small, easy actions that add up to a greener world. What’s your fave easy green thing to do? Take a selfie proclaiming your One Green Thing … Read more