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  1. Killdeer (With Chicks)

    Consider the falcon like characteristics of this common summer resident of Illinois, a member of the Plover family. Often found in pastures and cultivated fields, a pair of Killdeers are shown here with their nest. ATTENTION: This bird is 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 item without a permit, please contact us. Learn More
  2. Turk's Cap Lily

    Witness the beauty of this flower, in danger of extinction due to over-picking. The Turk's Cap Lily is one of two brightly colored species of Lilies found near Chicago, displayed here against a lush green background. Learn More
  3. Garter Snake (5)

    Don't shy away from this beneficial snake, the most abundant to be found in the Chicago area. The Garter snake lives anywhere from city gardens to country marshes, and can be identified by the three light stripes on its back. Learn More
  4. Sparrows

    Discover the territorial and rather haphazard methods the male sparrows use in nesting season. Sparrows breed mostly in the months from March through August, remaining loosely monogamous. Sixteen different sparrow specimens are shown here, demonstrating Chicago's most abundant types. These birds are subject to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and remain under the stewardship of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They 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
  5. Eastern Screech Owl (Habitat Background)

    Discover the loyalty this noisy bird has to Illinois, as the most abundant owl in our area, the Eastern Screech Owl never migrates from its Midwestern home. Found anywhere from remote wooded areas to the shade trees of city parks, this owl takes an important place in the food chain with its diet of small rodents. These birds are subject to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and remain under the stewardship of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They 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. Climbing Nightshade

    Recognize this common member of the potato family? The climbing nightshade is unusual in that its most vibrant color comes in the form of winter berries, found frequently in the wooded areas around Chicago. Learn More
  7. Monarch Butterfly

    Explore the life cycle of Illinois's state butterfly, the Monarch. This butterfly is well known for its large size and bold flight patterns. Learn More
  8. Woodpeckers

    Examine the capable bodies of these abundant Midwestern birds. Six common species of Woodpecker are shown here, highlighting the foot structure, stiff feathers, chisel-like beak and barbed tongue that allow these birds to be so versatile. These birds are subject to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and remain under the stewardship of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They 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. Black-bellied Plover (2)

    Take a stroll through the sandy habitats of these shore birds, often found in spring and autumn along the beaches of Lake Michigan. The Black-Bellied Plover's diet consists of insects washed up by the waves. 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. Yellow Lady's Slipper

    Ponder the serene colorations of this wild orchid, of which more than thirty types have been found in Chicago. As the most common variety of this tropical plant, the Yellow Lady's Slipper is in danger of extermination because of overzealous picking. Learn More

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