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  1. Common Goldeneye (2)

    Take in the breathtaking scenery of this duck's chilly winter habitat. A common winter resident of Lake Michigan, the Common Goldeneye catches most of its food below water's surface. 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. Common Box Turtle

    Follow this land-dwelling turtle through the thin forests and grassy fields of the eastern United States. The Common Box Turtle feeds on the berries, slugs and insect larvae of its woodland home. Learn More
  3. Blue-winged Teal

    Scan the surface of Lake Michigan, and you may find one of these small ducks feeding with others of its flock. The Blue-winged Teal is a common summer resident of Illinois and is identifiable by the blue streak found on the front edge of her wings. 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. Tiger Salamander

    You will have to look hard to find an example of this amphibian in the wild. The Tiger Salamander prefers to spend its time under logs and stones, and is usually seen only during its fall migration from the grassy forest toward swamps and ponds. Learn More
  5. From Quillwork to Beadwork: Native American Design

    Examine decorative and embellished objects made by Native Americans from around the East Coast and Midwest. Learn about the history of embellishments in different Native American cultures, and try creating your own beaded and "porcupine quill" patterns. Think about museum preservation of traditional objects, and decide if you would sell a family heirloom to be displayed in a museum. Learn More
  6. Canada Anemone

    Trek through the dunes around Lake Michigan and you will find this common summer flower. See how the Canada Anemones actually grow sepals instead of petals in this exhibit case featuring the flower growing in tall grass against a green backdrop. Learn More
  7. Little Brown Bat

    Hunker down with a family of brown bats and learn about their important roles as pollinators and seed distributors. Learn More
  8. Long-tailed Duck (2)

    This is the duck found most abundantly in the Chicago region. On Lake Michigan he dives in deep waters to find his 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
  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. Fox Snake

    Don't be fooled by the threatening pose of this non-venomous snake. Found mostly in the north central United States, the Fox Snake's best defense is a pungent odor that he releases when disturbed. Learn More

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