A yard that's all grass is just so boring ... and the wildlife thinks so, too. For many conservation-minded people, a little bit of wilderness in the yard can have a great big payoff – for people and animals alike. ...

Our neatly manicured lawns are a source of pride, but offer little sanctuary for wildlife. Jamie Johannsen explains why it's time for a new mindset in backyard landscaping. ...

Many wildflowers native to Illinois are just poking their heads up from a winter's slumber. See if you can identify some of them. ...