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  1. Squirrels

    Climb around the tree homes of four common squirrels whose diets vary from seeds to insects. Learn More
  2. 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
  3. Flies

    Discover the great diversity found with the Fly family. Twenty Fly specimens, from houseflies to soldierflies, showcase both the destructive and beneficial habits of these common insects. Learn More
  4. Birds' Nests 1

    Deconstruct the diverse workings of six different birds' nests: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Baltimore Oriole, Oven-bird, Cliff Swallow, Killdeer, and Long-Billed Marsh Wren. 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. How Ducks Feed

    Explore the three different zones that make up the habitats of all duck life, and see how environmental characteristics inform their diets and habits. 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. Plover

    Investigate the marvelous diversity found in the Plover family. Three specimens, including the Killdeer, the Piping Plover, and the Semi-Palmated Plover help demonstrate the common colorations and habitats of these water-loving birds. 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
  7. Swallows and Martins

    Behold the largest swallow found in North America. You will also notice that the Martin is the only swallow with a dark belly. This bird is a dark bluish-grey in color, and is a master of quick direction changes in flight. 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
  8. Harmful Insects

    Learn how to identify insects found in Illinois that can be harmful, in ways such as stinging humans or destroying crops, and examine the ecosystem's need for these creatures. Learn More
  9. Violets

    Delve into the beautiful world of violets, of which there are over 75 kinds growing in the United States today. Did you know, for instance, that garden variety pansies are a part of the violet family? A smattering of samples exhibits the sweet variety found within. Learn More
  10. Insects' Protective Coloration

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    Examine the fascinating color patterns of insects who rely on camouflage. Protective coloration helps insects hide from predators, or conversely, from unsuspecting prey they are stealthily waiting for. Learn More

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