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INHS EM 01 E3: A Selection of the Common, Unusual, and Rare Insects of Illinois - 3rd edition  

$5.00

Authors: Michael R. Jeffords, Susan L. Post, and Tyler Hedlund

A Selection of Common, Unusual, & Rare Insects of Illinois is a 32-page booklet that features beautiful color photographs of over 250 species of insects from 19 insect orders. It is meant to be an entry point into the fascinating world of Illinois’ insects, and represents a good percentage of those species likely to be encountered on a casual walk through a forest, prairie, wetland, old field, or even a somewhat unkept backyard. Basic information is provided for each insect including its order, family, common and scientific name (if known), and where it might be found.


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INHS BCF: Illinois Birds - Forest Species

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Author: Beveroth, T.A.
2016. 32 Cards.

The Birds of Illinois: Forest Species Card Set is a set of 32 water proof cards with color photos, range maps, and concise descriptions of 30 forest bird species in Illinois. Each card contains natural history information, description of song, and a life-size illustration of the egg.

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INHS AC: Amphibians of Illinois

$10.00

Authors: Mui, J.M., Dreslik, M.J., Phillips, C.A.
2013. 32 Cards.

The Amphibians of Illinois Card Set is a set of 32 water resistant cards with color photos, range maps, and concise descriptions of the amphibian species most likely to be encountered in Illinois. This card set is a companion to the Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois. See sample card Front and Back


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INHS ICB: The Bad Guys! Set #1 Garden Pests

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Authors: Philip L. Nixon, Carolyn P. Nixon, Michael R. Jeffords, and Robert N. Wiedenmann
2011. 32 Cards.

The Bad Guys! Set #1 Garden Pests is a set of 32 laminated cards with color photos and concise descriptions of insects and other organisms that can cause damage in the home vegetable, fruit, and flower garden. Proper management to minimize damage is suggested.

These cards are designed to help home gardeners learn to identify the bad guys—common vegetable and flower garden pests. The photos and information on each card provide sight identification of the organism or group of organisms considered, and the type of damage it causes. Proper identification of garden pests is necessary to choose the correct management methods. Nonchemical management recommendations are provided. For proper chemical controls and timing, check with your local Extension office. Note that a bar on most photographs approximates the organism's size.



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INHS ICB2 E2: The Bad Guys! Set #2 Landscape Pests

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Authors: Philip L. Nixon, Carolyn P. Nixon, Michael R. Jeffords, and Robert N. Wiedenmann
2011. 32 Cards.

The Bad Guys! Set #2 Landscape Pests is a set of 32 laminated cards with color photos and concise descriptions of insects and other organisms that can cause damage in the home landscape. Proper management to minimize damage is suggested.

These cards are designed to help home gardeners learn to identify the bad guys—common landscape pests. The photos and information on each card provide sight identification of the organism or group of organisms considered, and the types of damage they cause. Proper identification of landscape pests is necessary to choose the correct management methods. Nonchemical management recommendations are provided. For proper chemical controls and timing, check with your local Extension office. Note that a bar on some of the photographs approximates the organism's size.



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INHS ICU: The Ugly Guys! Household Pests

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Authors: Philip L. Nixon, Carolyn P. Nixon, and Michael R. Jeffords
2011. 32 Cards.

The Ugly Guys! Household Pests is a set of 32 laminated cards with color photos and concise descriptions of insects and other organisms that can become pests in the home. Proper management to minimize damage is suggested.

These cards are designed to help residents learn to identify the ugly guys—common household pests. The photos and information on each card provide sight identification of the organism or group of organisms considered, and the types of damage they cause. Proper identification of household pests is necessary to choose the correct management methods. Nonchemical management recommendations are provided. For proper chemical controls, check with your local Extension office. Note that a bar on some of the photographs approximates the organism's size.



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INHS IC E2: The Good Guys! Natural Enemies of Insects

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Authors: Michael R. Jeffords, Susan L. Post, Robert N. Wiedenmann, Carolyn Nixon, and Clifford S. Sadof
2011. 32 Cards.

The Good Guys! Natural Enemies of Insects is a set of 32 laminated cards with color photos and concise descriptions of insects and other organisms that are beneficial in the home garden or landscape.

These cards are designed to help home gardeners learn to identify the good guys—natural enemies of many common garden pests. The photos and information on each card provide sight identification of the organism or group of organisms considered beneficial in controlling insect garden pests. These cards are not designed for species identification, but only to point out general categories of insects, diseases, and other animals that should be nurtured in the home garden. Note that a bar on most photographs approximates the organism's size, and the natural enemy is categorized as either a parasite, predator, or disease.



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INHS SP 31: Illinois Birds A Century of Change

Authors: Jeffery W. Walk, Michael P. Ward, Thomas J. Benson, Jill L. Deppe, Stacy A. Lischka, Steven D. Bailey, and Jeffery D. Brawn
2010, 230 p.

A project that began with two young men walking across rural Illinois toting shotguns and field glasses evolved into the first systematic bird survey in North America (Hickey 1981). When Stephen A. Forbes, Director of the Illinois Natural History Survey from its creation until 1930, directed Alfred Gross and Howard Ray to travel the state in 1906, no one in the country had yet attempted to count all the species of birds they observed across habitats, with a specific and repeatable method. Through 1909, Gross and Ray crisscrossed the state in all seasons, by foot, horseback, train, and steamboat, while counting and collecting the birds they saw.

In the mid-1950s, Richard and Jean Graber were newly hired ornithologists at the Illinois Natural History Survey. Among the first projects they undertook was to repeat the 50-year-old surveys during the summer and winter months of 1956-1958. The Grabers’ 1963 publication, “A Comparative Study of the Bird Populations of Illinois, 1906-1909 and 1956-1958,” remains the standard for assessing changes in bird populations of the state for the first half of the 20th century. With the exception of two obscure summer bird censuses by the U. S. Biological Survey (Cooke 1915, 1916), data on bird populations are scarce for most of North America until the Breeding Bird Survey began in the mid-1960s (Peterjohn et al. 1995).

From 2007-2009 we collected additional data that provide a bookend to what is now a 100-year bird survey. We present a summary of the changes to the summer bird populations and habitats across the state over the past century. Whereas our use of air-conditioned vehicles on interstate highways, use of Global Positioning System satellites to record our movements, and analysis of data on laptop computers would have been pure fantasy to our predecessors, their methods for counting birds in the field have been essentially retained.

This study provides three snapshots spanning a century. Important changes in the avifauna undoubtedly occurred within these windows, such as those documented by Charles Kendeigh at Trelease Woods near Urbana from 1922 to 1976. Kendeigh (1982) reported a spike in the abundance of arthropods and the forest birds that feed on them in the 1950s, when Dutch elm disease eliminated a common canopy tree and there was a surge of plant growth from the understory. The unique span of time and geographic scale are this study’s strengths. In Illinois, where land cover and land use have changed dramatically owing to agricultural practices and development, insights into the dynamics of bird communities and populations over a diverse suite of habitats are crucial to understanding the past, present, and future sustainability of the avifauna across Illinois and the Midwest. Our goal for this book is to summarize the results of surveys conducted across all three time periods. We direct our findings to a broad audience under four major headings: The Changing Illinois Landscape, Bird Communities Through Time, Species Accounts and Looking Back, Moving Forward.

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INHS IH-01: Illinois Habitat Poster Cypress Swamp

Author: Jefford, M.R., S. Post, and J. Sternberg
Poster dimensions [approx.]: 18" × 24"


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INHS IH-02: Illinois Habitat Poster Northern Bog

Author: Jefford, M.R., S. Post, and J. Sternberg
Poster dimensions [approx.]: 18" × 24"


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INHS IH-03: Illinois Habitat Poster Sand Prairie

Author: Jefford, M.R., S. Post, and J. Sternberg
Poster dimensions [approx.]: 18" × 24"


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INHS RCS: Reptiles of Illinois - Turtles

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Authors: Mui, J.M., Dreslik, M.J., Phillips, C.A.
2015. 16 Cards.

The Reptiles of Illinois Turtles Card Set is a set of 16 water proof cards with color photos, range maps, and concise descriptions of the turtle species in Illinois.


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INHS RCS: Reptiles of Illinois - Snakes and Lizards

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Authors: Mui, J.M., Dreslik, M.J., Phillips, C.A.
2015. 32 Cards.

The Reptiles of Illinois Snakes and Lizards Card Set is a set of 32 water proof cards with color photos, range maps, and concise descriptions of the snake and lizard species most likely to be encountered in Illinois.


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A Selection of the Common, Unusual, and Rare Plants of Illinois

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Authors:Connie Carroll Cunningham, James Ellis, Paul Marcum, Danielle Ruffatto, and Greg Spyreas, 2015, 44 pages.

The INHS Photo Guide Series are colorful booklets meant as an entry point into the world of nature. The booklets are letter sized and beautifully printed on high quality paper.


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INHS Manual 15: Field Guide to Crayfishes of the Midwest
$15.00

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Authors: Taylor, Christopher A., Schuster, Guenter A., Wylie, Dan B.
2015, 164 pp.

The Field Guide to Crayfishes of the Midwest is the most up to date reference available for the identification of crayfishes found in aquatic habitats across the Midwestern states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, northern Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

The Field Guide also includes: distribution maps; a dichotomous and identification key; general information on crayfish biology, conservation, and collecting techniques;and species-specific information on habitat, key identification features, and conservation notes for all species found in this region.

 


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Water Fowl of Illinois
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INHS Manual 07: Waterfowl of Illinois: Abbreviated Field Guide
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Author: Stephen P. Havera
1999, 80 pp.

Although its landscapes have changed dramatically in the past two centuries, Illinois still hosts significant numbers of waterfowl and other waterbirds, especially during fall and spring migrations. There is an indescribable lure about waterfowl that captures our interest, whether we are birdwatchers, conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, or hunters. We want to know what kinds of waterfowl frequent our state, when, where, how many, what they eat, where they nest, and what we can do to enjoy or help them.

This abbreviated guide was produced to provide selected highlights from its companion volume, Waterfowl of Illinois: Status and Management and is not an all-inclusive examination of the natural history of the species of waterfowl frequenting Illinois. This book is illustrated with color photographs of the waterfowl that inhabit Illinois as well as some of the plants upon which these birds feed.

 


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Combo Rare Plants and 4 sets bug cards
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Bug Card set: Good Guys-Bad Guys 1 & 2, Ugly Guys (4 sets) and A Selection of the Common, Unusual, and Rare Plants of Illinois 

4 sets plus a copy of A Selection of the Common, Unusual, and Rare Plants of Illinois for one low price, $20.00!

The Good Guys! Natural Enemies of Insects that are beneficial in the home garden or landscape. The Bad Guys! Set #1 Garden Pests and set #2 Landscape Pests, and Ugly guys, household pests. Each set contains 32 laminated cards with color photos and concise descriptions. Plus A Selection of the Common, Unusual, and Rare Plants of Illinois-a 44 page color guide.


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