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  1. Flowering Dogwood

    With over forty five different types of Dogwoods found in the United States, this plant ranges in size from a shrub to an immense tree. Used for wood, medicine, and dye, this plant features beautiful blossoms. Learn More
  2. Dragonflies

    Witness the exquisite beauty of this daring insect. Twenty local specimens help demonstrate the beneficial nature of the predatory Dragonfly. Learn More
  3. Perch

    Take a dip in Lake Michigan and you might catch a glimpse of this common food fish. The body shape and coloration of the Perch and Yellow Pike Perch make it ideally suited for shallow plant-filled waters. Learn More
  4. 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
  5. Fossils From Rocks Near Chicago

    Unearth the life forms that lived in Chicago millions of years ago. Limestone forms the underlayer of the earth around Chicago, and contains an amazing array of fossils like corals, crinoids and trilobites, among others. Learn More
  6. Yellow-billed Cuckoo

    This bird's diet of caterpillars, including the destructive tent caterpillar and canker worm, is of great value to the farmer. The Yellow-Billed Cuckoo is a common summer resident in Illinois and Wisconsin, arriving from the south in May and remaining until October. 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
  7. Least Bittern (2)

    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
  8. American Redstart (1)

    Check out the brilliant coloration of this abundant member of the Warbler family. The Redstart summers in Illinois, and is best known for the way it fans out its tail in flight. 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. 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
  10. Canada Goose

    Take a closer look at the Canada Goose, whose hefty size and distinctive black and white coloring are a familiar site during Chicago winters. 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

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