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  1. Tall Buttercup

    Look, but don't touch, the leaves and stems of this profuse flower. The tall buttercup has maintained its abundance through a special defense system that produces an acrid juice strong enough to burn through the skin of an animal. Learn More
  2. Red Fox (Sitting Cub)

    Look at this prairie-dwelling red fox cub! As a member of the dog family, he eats small rodents and rabbits, and is known for his craftiness. Learn More
  3. Spiderwort

    Growing knee high, spiderworts are distinctive late spring and early summer prairie wildflowers. Their blue purple flowers standout amongst the green of the spring-green vegetation. Learn More
  4. Wild Strawberry

    Taste the sweetness of the little Wild Strawberry, whose flavor is thought to be superior to its cultivated relatives. Grown in much of the United States, this plant can become a serious pest when it invades cultivated ground. Learn More
  5. Prairie Dog

    Watch for the prairie dog to pop out of its desert burrow, and learn about its dramatic population reduction. Learn More
  6. Franklin's Prairie Squirrel (1)

    Pop into the underground winter home of this prairie-dwelling cousin of the gopher. Learn More
  7. Eastern Meadowlark

    Observe the plaintive song of the Meadowlark, who frequents Illinois's open prairies in summer. This handsome bird can often be found perched atop a fence, uttering its peculiar metallic notes. This bird is subject to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and remains under the stewardship of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It can be borrowed for wildlife conservation, ecology, biology, scientific, or educational purposes. There may be limits on other, non-educational uses. Please contact us if you have any questions. Learn More
  8. Ox-Eye Daisy

    Witness the cool colorings of this native European flower. Also called the day's eye, the white daisy now grows in serene farmland around the United States. Learn More
  9. Red Fox (Sitting Adult)

    As a member of the dog family, this fox eats small rodents and rabbits, and is known for his craftiness. Learn More
  10. Spiderwort (Train in Background)

    Growing knee high, spiderworts are distinctive late spring and early summer prairie wildflowers. Their blue purple flowers standout amongst the green of the spring-green vegetation. Learn More

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