You’ll find turtles in wetlands all across the world, but there’s only one part of the globe where the Blanding’s turtle makes its home, and the Chicago area is one of its favorite places to dwell. Although development is creating challenges for this unique species, there’s plenty of hope in the work of local conservationists. ...

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Bird watching, or birding, as the purists prefer to call it, is one of North America’s fastest growing and most popular hobbies. But many wild birds are in serious trouble due to climate change. Will they go the way of their ancestors, the dinosaurs, and disappear? Jon McGinty speaks to experts about the prospect. ...