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  1. Common Water Snake

    A snake has a backbone with about 200 bones in it. This allows the snake to move flexibly like a chain. Observe this snake resting, coiled in its watery home. Learn More
  2. Ice Age Mammals

    This box contains models of mammals (and their teeth!) that could be found in the Chicago region 12,000 years ago. Look at the animals' physical characteristics and infer their evolutionary advantages. Discuss some of the physical changes that happened as Amebelodons evolved into mammoths and modern elephants. Debate what caused these changes and identify relationships among these animals based on their teeth. Learn More
  3. Geology of Illinois

    Parts of Illinois were once covered with glacial ice sheets. Learn how glaciers and other Earth processes shaped the land. Box includes photographs, rock and soil specimens, and maps. Learn More
  4. Gray Fox

    Witness the agility of this member of the family Canidae, commonly found throughout the Midwest. Gray foxes can climb trees, often preying on squirrels in addition to other small mammals, insects, fruits, and birds and their eggs. Learn More
  5. Common Goldeneye (2)

    Take in the breathtaking scenery of this duck's chilly winter habitat. A common winter resident of Lake Michigan, the Common Goldeneye catches most of its food below water's surface. 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
  6. Common Box Turtle

    Follow this land-dwelling turtle through the thin forests and grassy fields of the eastern United States. The Common Box Turtle feeds on the berries, slugs and insect larvae of its woodland home. Learn More
  7. Blue-winged Teal

    Scan the surface of Lake Michigan, and you may find one of these small ducks feeding with others of its flock. The Blue-winged Teal is a common summer resident of Illinois and is identifiable by the blue streak found on the front edge of her wings. 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. Tiger Salamander

    You will have to look hard to find an example of this amphibian in the wild. The Tiger Salamander prefers to spend its time under logs and stones, and is usually seen only during its fall migration from the grassy forest toward swamps and ponds. Learn More
  9. From Quillwork to Beadwork: Native American Design

    Examine decorative and embellished objects made by Native Americans from around the East Coast and Midwest. Learn about the history of embellishments in different Native American cultures, and try creating your own beaded and "porcupine quill" patterns. Think about museum preservation of traditional objects, and decide if you would sell a family heirloom to be displayed in a museum. Learn More
  10. Canada Anemone

    Trek through the dunes around Lake Michigan and you will find this common summer flower. See how the Canada Anemones actually grow sepals instead of petals in this exhibit case featuring the flower growing in tall grass against a green backdrop. Learn More

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