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  1. Northwest Coast Peoples

    The lush environment of the Pacific Northwest Coast shapes the art and lives of its residents. Discuss the basic needs of Northwest Coast Peoples 2,000 years ago. Examine a halibut hook, cedar specimen, and other objects to infer how innovative peoples have harvested the rich resources of the Northwest Coast to meet their everyday needs. Explore how symbolism carries meaning in totem poles. Learn More
  2. Antarctic Wildlife

    Antarctica is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on earth. Only cold-adapted organisms survive there, and different species depend on each other for survival. Examine a king penguin skull, egg, and down feathers; an orca tooth; squid; and krill to see some of these incredible adaptations up close. Test out the power of fat insulation for keeping critters warm, and create a food web to show how Antarctic organisms provide one another with energy! Learn More
  3. Mackerel

    Try and keep pace with this fish designed for speed. In order to outrun natural enemies like sharks, tuna, and swordfish, the Mackerel's streamlined anatomy is its only line of defense. Learn More
  4. Wall-eyed Pike (2)

    You will find this fish only in the deep lakes of the Midwest. The Wall-eyed Pike is only a close relative of the Pike family. It is an important food for humans. Learn More
  5. Yellow Bass

    Catch a glimpse of this quickly disappearing resident of the lakes of the Mississippi River valley. Today the Yellow Bass, like other common food fish, is a rare sight. Learn More
  6. Fishing in the Americas

    Over generations, various peoples of the Americas lived alongside seas, lakes and rivers. As a result, they developed a deep relationship with and understanding of native fishes and their ecosystems. Learn about how fishing technologies were both similar and different depending on the environment in which they were developed by exploring models and artifacts used for fishing in the Americas. Learn More
  7. A Good Egg

    Animal embryos develop in eggs, which provide development, nourishment and protection. The egg structures of different species differ in unique ways that ensure the survival of their embryos. Examine the eggs of snakes, birds, frogs, and other animals up close to learn about their differences and how the habitats in which they are laid relate to their form and care. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Attention: Some of the items in this box are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and may only be borrowed by educational institutions that are open to the general public and are non-profit (such as a public or charter school), but may not be borrowed by private individuals or institutions without a special permit. If you have any questions about whether you or your institution qualify to borrow this box without a permit, please contact us. Learn More
  8. Carp

    Dive into ponds and streams east of the Rocky Mountains to find this fish, the largest American minnow. The Carp is distinguished by its saw-toothed spine and barbels, or "whiskers." Learn More
  9. Pike

    Inspect the mouthful of vicious teeth this fish has to have in order to capture the small fishes and birds it feeds on. The Pike is swift and voracious, and darts on its prey with such speed that escape is difficult. Learn More
  10. Sunfishes

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    Consider the vibrant variance in color of six specimens of the Sunfish, a common find in the lakes, ponds and streams of the Chicago area. These fish are identifiable because of their shortened body and fin placement. Learn More

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