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In addition to the regular features of the Nature Almanac, the 2006 WHTC has a large section on aboriginal rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs) and tips on how you can find them in your area as well as an in-depth investigation of the Alton Piasa our region's most famous and historic example of pre-Columbian rock art.

We also have a section on new immigrants to our area which includes cougars (of course), armadilloes and (of all things) Argentine parrots.

For those who fish we have an article on Mississippi River sharks and the Least Brook Lamprey both underrated and little known components of our waterways. And a large section on Turkey Vultures featuring their history with humanity, their place in nature, their natural history and their utility to our own species.

And of course we have the usual collection of little-known area history, folklore and High Weirdness our area is (or should be) famous for.

Highlights of the 2006 WHTC Nature Almanac

The Alton Piasa

If you thought you knew what the Piasa was all about, well think again. Recent research has been pulling together disparate pieces of the story and it's far more complex than anyone (well, me at any rate) thought. A short (but perplexing) journey through the Midwest's oldest and most famous piece of aboriginal rock art.

Immigration into the Midwest

Strangers in a Strange Land! From cougars and armadillos to parrots and Ivory-billed Woodpeckers critters from everywhere are either returning after an absence of some years (sometimes a lot of years!) or are seemingly in the process of adopting our area as their home. A small but interesting sampling of the creatures headed our way in the coming years.

Sharks in the Mississippi?

And you thought it was just another river, right? Well it turns out it holds things a lot more exotic than just sturgeon and paddlefish. Food for thought for all those anglers who fish our largest river and wonder just what broke their sixty pound test line without even a struggle - and just one more reason (as if anyone needed another reason!) to avoid treading water in Old Man River...

Who Invented Astrology?

OK, it's not the most burning issue of the day but the results of recent discoveries in the Black Sea hint at a massive rewriting of our earliest history. And here's a hint - it wasn't the Egyptians, the Sumerians, the Harappans or any other late comers on the stage of history. The discovery of civilizations possibly harking back to the last Ice Age!

More than you ever wanted to know about Vultures!

Life might be possible without vultures but it would be a lot different — and a lot less healthy. A sort of overview of the most misunderstood and arguably the most useful member of our avifauna!

High Weirdness

A few tantalizing hints that the space-time continuum may make a few more bends and kinks in our area than normally thought. There's a reason the Indians avoided the area whenever they could...

Complete Contents

Local Rock Art

The "Legend" of the Piasa
the truth comes out... at last
The Piasa Controversy
proving that unreasonable people can never agree
What Use is a Piasa?
a good question and a possible answer
An Unnatural History of Piasa altanii Marquette.
A breakthrough in virtual biology!
Finding Rock Art
It's out there, all you have to do is look!
The Missing Petroglyph of St. Louis.
Tracking down the Messiah... or somebody like that

The Astronomical and Natural Events Almanac

How to Use
The Almanac Pages

History

Bad timing
If it weren't for bad luck they'd have no luck at all...

Our Newest Immigrants

Armadillos in Our Future?
Armadillos are on the march and they're marching our way
Cougar Update
More sightings, more cougars
The Mercer County Cat
One less mouth to feed
The Parrots of Chicago
The Windy City's most recent immigrant population
The Parrots of Carlisle
A second parrot colony in southern Illinois
The Midwest's First Parrot
Parrots in the midwest didn't used to be a novelty
Justifiable Paranoia
Cute and cuddly doesn't make them safe...

The Fishing Section

Mississippi Sharks
Stay out of the water. Nowhere is safe ...
The Least Brook Lamprey
One of our strangest fish...
Fishing Crappie
Mike Steams tells you how
Moon Fishing Almanac
A Lost River Industry
Thank God they invented plastic!

The Gardening Section

Ray's Story
Standard Planting Guides
Who Invented Astrology?
We don't know, but now we know where they lived!
Moon Gardening
Zodiac Planting Guide
Planting by the signs - when and how

Vultures

Vultures in the Fields
They're doing what?
Messengers of the Gods
Our culture's take on vultures could use a little perspective...
What Use is a Vulture?
For those poor souls who need a reason for Nature
A (Brief) Natural History of the Turkey Vulture

Natural History

Back to the Brink...
The biggest ornithological surprise of the century  . . .so far
Dragonfly Winds
Autumn cold fronts bring more than just winter

Weird Egypt

Madstones The Placebo Effect
...or something else?
The Big Muddy Monster
We want an interview!
Dowsing the Dead
Truly transcendent weirdness
The Dobler Effect
Hey! Somebody should look into this...
The Enigma of Nathan Stubblefield
The rewards of living ahead of your time...

The Last Page

Turtle Power on the Ganges
Proving once again the unlimited potential for harnessing Turtle Power

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In addition to the regular features of the Nature Almanac, these are the

Highlights of the 2005 Edition

Cougars in the Midwest!

They're back and settling in. New research in California is revealing that our largest predatory cat is far from a simple loner. Former estimates of their environmental requirements just don't hold here in the midwest. Plus an analysis of their danger to humans and more!

A New Species for Missouri? Grotto Sculpins!

Deep underground in Perry County, Missouri, Nature is in the process of forging a new species right before our eyes! But even while Nature is creating, human actions on the surface are threatening their survival ... so what else is new?

Another Prehistoric Solstice Observatory on Fountain Bluff?

They're everywhere! Well, not quite, but the Indians of the Mississippian culture who lived here a thousand years ago were definitely preoccupied with tracking the sun's movements during the winter solstice. A description of the site, the story of its discovery and why the solstice was so important to our prehistoric forebears.

New Earth Light Locales!

Earth lights — balls of luminous energy generated by fault lines — are far more common than we (and probably you, too) ever suspected. Without even trying we discovered several new sites this year — both past and present — where Earth Lights are still reported with some regularity. For those with a bent for the weird and unexplained these pages are for you!

A New Wildflower Species for Illinois!

Is it an outlier — a survivor from warmer, wetter times? a new range extension due to changing climate? or a transplant by some well-meaning but misguided wildflower enthusiast? However it got here this little Appalachian plant is certainly persistent at this location and a new record for Illinois: Yellow Mandarin. Read all about it!

Contents of 2005 WHTC

For the Birds...

  • How Long Do Birds Live? — another reason to be glad you're human
  • A Cat Tale (Ruby says we'll get hate-mail about this one!)

Prairies (or what's left of them) in Southern Illinois

  • Railroads and Prairies
  • Prairie Place Names
  • Hill Prairies — Life on the Edge
  • The Temperate Savanna — Reviving a Lost Ecosystem

What Insects and Dowsers seem to have in common...

  • Mystery of Insect Navigation
  • What Do Dowsers Detect?

Folklore — Another Lost Treasure of Egypt

  • The Lost Silver of Union County — and all you have to do is find it!

The Almanac Section

  • How to Use this Almanac
  • Astronomical and Natural Events Almanac

An Editorial (?!) — Solid science or jumping to conclusions?

  • Global Warming — Is it Occurring and How Can We Tell?

The Cougar Pages — the most recent info on the big cats return

  • Where the Cougars are ... in Illinois.
  • How Dangerous Are Cougars?
  • New Horizons in Cougar Behavior
  • Central Illinois' Mysterious Black Cats

The Fishing Section

  • Lake Specialties — An overview of the lakes in Southern Illinois
  • American Eels — and you thought you had a long commute!
  • Moon Fishing — How It Works
  • How to Use the Moon Tables — Bigger and better catches!
  • Moon Fishing Tables — Timing is all, and we tell you the times!
  • Bass Fishing — Mike Stearn's take on our most popular gamefish
  • Grotto Sculpins — A new species in the making?

The Gardening Section

  • The Plant That Made Chicago a Proper Noun. (Yes, Chicago really does mean "the stinking place" in Algonquin)
  • The Little Things ... Soil biology and your lawn
  • Shadows on the Land — Mastodons are gone but not forgotten ...
  • Standard Planting Guides — When and where to plant
  • Moon Gardening — How to plant things by the Moon
  • Zodiac Planting Guide — a guide to planting by the signs
  • Ray's Story a harrowing tale of hideous hymenoptera

Fountain Bluff Area Folklore & Facts

  • The Haunted Mound — or, property rights for the dead
  • The Moredock Massacre — savages on the frontier ... but who's who?
  • The Spirits of Grand Tower — Maybe the Water Panthers haven't left...
  • Legends of Tower Rock — High Weirdness in the Mississippi River
  • The Ghost of Devil's Bake Oven — Anorexia or a broken heart?
  • The Lost Petroglyphs of Fountain Bluff — whoops...!
  • Another Mississippian Solstice Observatory
    Redundancy or overkill — how many observatories are really necessary?

More Earth Lights

  • Max Creek Vortex — 150 years and still glowing strong ...
  • The Bigsby Treasure's Guardian — Ghost or natural phenomenon?
  • Other Area Earthlights — A local field guide to weird places

  • A New Wildflower Record for Southern Illinois? - Looks like it...

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Folklore, Fabrication and Facts

The Question of Katy - Did she or didn't she? The debate continues
About the Name... - Who were Waterman and Hill, really?
Cougar Update - the latest news from the local world of Big Cats
Missouri Cougars - The Show-Me State has officially been shown...
Lunar Weather Prediction - do-it-yourself weather prediction!
Naming the Moon - confused about the name of the moon each month?

The Almanac Section

How to Use this Almanac
The Almanac Pages
Wild Recipes - Need a good recipe for wild food?

The Fishing Section

Disease Alert! - New piscatorial pestilence found in area fish
Freshwater Jellyfish - Uncommon but abundant when found
Fishing by the Moon - How and why it might work...
How to Use the Moon Fishing Tables
Moon Fishing Almanac
Timing is All. Optimum fishing times for our area
Catfish Senses - They're not psychic...but they're close
Bluegill - Mike Stearns tells all (or a lot anyway) about this
pesky, pugnacious, pint-sized piscatorial pond predator
Just Axing for it... - there's more than one way to catch a fish...

Wild Mushrooms - fascinating fleshy fungal fructifications

Spore Prints Can Save Your Life
Glowing in the Dark - Local Luminescent Fungi
Half-Free Morels - The cheats and swindlers of the Morel world
Brain Mushrooms - Rocket fuel or delicacy?
More Notes on Growing Morels- Yet another technique for home growers
Red and Yellow Boletes - Nature's post-its
Fungi and Orchids - Can't have one without the other
Green-Spored Parasol Mushrooms - America's favorite poison mushroom
Earth-Stars
Growing Your Own Giant Puffballs

The Gardening Section

A Natural History of Moles - they're not what you probably think
Mole Control - keep them out of your yard... naturally
Slugs - Does a weakness for warm beer mean they came from...?
Basil - Ray's back with lots of info on his favorite herb...
More Basil - ...and it turns out he needed a second page.
Standard Planting Guides - When and where to plant annuals and perennials
Astrological Planting Guide - a guide to planting by the Signs
Like Pulling Teeth - the Moon influences more than just plants...

Lost Crop Plants of the Mississippians

Think the Indians just raised Corn? Think again! Five plants profiled

Earthquakes and the Midwest

The Tecumseh Prophecy
How did he know and when did he know it?
The Great New Madrid Earthquake
The largest earthquake in North America was right here...
Why the Earth Shakes... here.
Surprising results from the Geological Survey
Hick's Dome - Ghost of Earthquakes Past

Our Least Poisonous "Poisonous" Snake: Our smallest serpent is an interesting little waif
Spook Lights meet Science
The Duff Treasure
The Arbyrd Ghost Light - what's going on in the Bootheel?
Earth Lights - and exactly how does this occur?
Earth Lights, Physics and Human Perceceptions

Weights and Measures - Hey, we have to put it in. It's an Almanac...

Scary, Silly and True

The Beast of Ullin - Does a mysterious creature still haunt this town?
Gangin'Aft Agley - A new low in stupid lawsuits...
Working Turtles - Harnessing the untapped power of turtles...a true story.

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2003 WHTC Contents

A Natural History of the Deer Tick
Tick Borne Diseases
Tick Tips
When Biology Pays Off
Manna from Heaven
Co-Existing with Sourdough
The Little Red Men

Astronomical and Natural Events Almanac

How to Use
The Robin as Weather Prophet

Wild Mushrooms

An local, edible mushroom for every month of the year
Collecting Wild Mushrooms
Mushrooms and the Moon
Mycorhizal Fungi
Cooking Your Catch
Mushroom Poisoning
Recognizing the Amanitas
Mushrooms Our of Season
Growing Wild Mushrooms- Getting Started
Growing Wild Mushrooms - Oysters
Growing Wild Mushrooms - Shiitakes
Growing Wild Mushrooms - Morels
Growing Wild Mushrooms - General Observations
Fairy Rings

Fishing:Public Access Lakes

A Case of Mistaken Identity
Animals and the Moon
How the Rattlesnake Lost His Rattle
The Sincerest Form of Flattery
Natural History of the Timber Rattlesnake

The Gardening Section

Adventures with Horseradish
Compost
Planting Guides
Gardening By the Signs
Astrological Planting Guides
Gardening Almanac

Weights and Measures
The Lost Treasure of War Bluff
Major Annoyances
West Nile Virus
Why Beavers Build Dams


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Nature Watching
Where to Watch

The Astronomical Almanac

How to Use This Almanac
The Almanac and Natural Events Pages

What's Good in the Woods

Features on 10 local wild Foods

The Gardening Section

A Short History of the American Lawn
Great Looking Lawns
Grasslands and Your Lawn
Vegetable Planting Guide
Annual Planting Guide
Perennial Planting Guide
Winter Gardening
Coping With Deer
Truth and Labeling

The Moon Gardening Almanac

How it Works
Gardening by the Signs
Lunar Planting Guide

Winners and Losers

Six local animals that have benefited or suffered from human culture

Articles

Cougars in our Future?
Divining Winter Weather
The Lost Silver Mine of Saline County
The Genesis of Thebes Gorge
Rhabdomancy - The Fine Art of Dowsing
The First Ste. Genevieve
A (Short) Natural History of the Cougar
Cougar Etiquette
A Burning Question
Weights and Measures

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Not so rich in illustrations as the more recent Almanacs (this was before we discovered the lovely and talented Barb Stearns) but still packed with useful and interesting information!

In addition to the regular features of the Nature Almanac, here are the

2000 WHTC Contents

About this Almanac
Nature Watching

2000 Astronoical Almanac

Natural Events

What's Good in the Woods?

Features on 12 local edible plants and mushrooms

Gardening

Gardening in February
Vegetable Planting Guide
Gardening Without a Garden

Wildlife

Planting for Wildlife
Tips for Attracting Wildlife
Planting for Butterflies (and Hummingbirds)
Living with Deer
Living with Moles

Articals

The One True, Correct, and Infallible Way to Read a Wollyworm
Shadows on the Land
Oysters, the Moon, and Your Garden
Eating History

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