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  1. Red Knots and Ruddy Turnstones

    Make tracks in the sandy habitat of these sociable shore birds. Knots and Turnstones spend their time on the beach gobbling up the tiny animals left by retreating waves. 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
  2. Birds - Year Round Residents

    Ever wonder which birds are strong enough to survive harsh Chicago winters? Meet our year-round residents, and find out how and why they manage to stick around through extreme heat and cold. 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
  3. 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
  4. Winter Forms of Insects

    Did you ever wonder where insects go during frigid Chicago winters? Find out here, as the winter homes of a variety of insects, including cocoons, pods, and plants, are exhibited and explained. Learn More
  5. Squirrels

    Climb around the tree homes of four common squirrels whose diets vary from seeds to insects. Learn More
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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