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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Dragonflies

    Witness the exquisite beauty of this daring insect. Twenty local specimens help demonstrate the beneficial nature of the predatory Dragonfly. Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Birds' Seasonal Coloration (1)

    Discover the different molting patterns of several Chicago area birds, and see how brightly colored birds change hues in winter. 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. Stilt Sandpiper (2)

    Discover the amazing hunting feats of this bird, who submerges its entire neck and head in the mud in search of the worms, snails, and vegetable matter it feeds on. The Stilt Sandpiper can be found in Chicago only in autumn, where it wades freely through shallow pools. 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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