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  1. Purple Martin

    Study the lustrous blue black coloring of the adult male of this species, the largest of the Swallows. Nesting almost exclusively around buildings and in birdhouses, the female Purple Martin's coloring is of a much duller hue. 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
  2. Prothonotary Warbler (With Eggs)

    Wade into the murky marshes where this bird likes to make its home. The Prothonotary Warbler chooses the wettest swamps and the hollowest trees for their ideal hunting grounds and nest-building capacities. 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
  3. Henslow's Sparrow

    Explore the secretive ways of this short-tailed, flat-headed bird. Henslow's Sparrow, with his olive colored head and reddish brown wings, can be found in the weedy fields of the central and northeastern United States. 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
  4. 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
  5. Bufflehead (2)

    Look for the puffed up head of this tiny duck, whose work relies on the vigilance of other ducks in its group to safely dive for its food. 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. Prairie Life

    A prairie is a unique ecological system that supports diverse plants and animals that depend upon each other for survival. Take a nature walk around your school to predict what plants' root systems look like underground and compare them with the prairie plant specimens in this box. Examine prairie mammals and birds up close to connect their physical characteristics with the prairie ecosystem. A few items in some of these boxes 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
  7. Rough-legged Hawk (With Prey - Mouse)

    Witness the gentle disposition of the Rough Legged Hawk, one of the largest American hawks. Displayed in this case clutching fresh kill in its talons, it is distinguishable only by the wide, dark band across its pure white tail. 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. Mallard

    Discover the gender differences in this well known duck found all over North America males with bright green features and females of a monotonous brown. 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. Black-bellied Plover (1)

    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. Baltimore Oriole

    Discover why the Baltimore Oriole is so popular in the eastern United States. The vibrant coloring, interesting nesting habits, and fondness for humans of this bird all contribute to its like-ability. 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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