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  1. Praying Mantis

    Witness the incredible posturing this insect employs that has earned him his unusual name. The Chinese Praying Mantis, once thought to be dangerous to humans, is now understood as a threat only to other insects. Learn More
  2. Eel

    Eel


    Investigate the curious history and mysterious migratory habits of the Eel. Scientists have long wondered about this fish, whose long, snake-like form is shown here. Learn More
  3. Sunfishes

    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
  4. Whitefish

    Discover the important use these fish have had as food for early American settlers. The Common Whitefish remains as one of the most important food fishes of the internal waters of North America. 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. Frogs and Toads

    Examine the difference between frogs and toads. A good place to start is by looking at their skin and legs/feet! Learn More
  7. Leopard Frog and Common Toad

    Examine the extraordinary coloration of these amphibians, and observe their similarities and differences. The Common Toad and Leopard Frog are excellent examples of how well an animal's skin can provide camouflage. Learn More
  8. Least Bittern (1)

    Wade into the marshy home of this, the smallest bittern found in Illinois, who flies only in short spurts when frightened. ATTENTION: 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
  9. Least Bittern (2)

    Wade into the marshy home of this, the smallest bittern found in Illinois, who flies only in short spurts when frightened. ATTENTION: 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
  10. Red-winged Blackbird (1)

    Examine a pair of these vibrant birds who frequent the marshes of Illinois in summer. What curiously colored eggs they lay! 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

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