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INHS BCF: Illinois Birds - Forest Species

$5.00

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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$20.00

INHS Manual 14: Butterflies of Illinois: A Field Guide
$20.00

Authors: Jeffords, Michael R., Post, Susan L., and Wiker, James R.
2014, 440 p.

Butterflies of Illinois: A Field Guide contains descriptions, field photos, and life-size specimen photos of all Illinois’ butterfly species. It also includes:

  • easy-to-use identification quick guides depicting the tops and undersides of all butterfly species,
  • background information and photos on butterfly life cycles, habitats, and ecology,
  • Illinois range maps and adult flight periods,
  • key characteristics relevant to field identification,
  • descriptions of species that only rarely are seen in Illinois or that reside in adjacent states that could occur in Illinois,
  • and supplemental information on various species (collection records, rare sightings, and other information that may be of interest to the butterfly enthusiast).

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INHS EM 02: Biologists in the Field

$10.00

Editors: Michael R. Jeffords, Susan L. Post, and Charles Warwick
2009

Published in celebration of the INHS's 150th Anniversary, Biologists in the Field is a compilation of writings by past and current INHS field biologists about their adventures in fieldwork. Letters and journal entries of early INHS biologists along with stories of current biologists giving CPR to a squirrel, tracking turtles in a nudist campground, losing an entire trailer on Halloween, or encountering law enforcement officials, this collection of stories is sure to change the way you think about field biologists.


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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

$10.00

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

$10.00

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
$25.00

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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Field Manual of Illinois Mammals
$20.00
INHS Manual 12: Field Manual of Illinois Mammals

Author: Joyce Hofmann
2008, 358 p.

How many mammal species live in Illinois? It depends on who’s counting. Sixty species are described in this book; each illustrated with a color drawing by artist Aleta Holt. This wonderful publication also contains dichotomous keys, species accounts, taxonomy, measurements, skull photographs, signs (generalized shapes of front and hind tracks and scat illustrations), and distribution maps. It has to be seen to be appreciated.

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Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois
$20.00

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INHS Manual 08: Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois

Authors: C.A. Phillips, R.A. Brandon, and E.O. Moll
1999, 285 p.

This guide is intended to aid biologists, naturalists, teachers, land managers, law enforcement officials, and students in the identification of amphibians and reptiles found in Illinois. It is meant to be used in the field, so the characters stressed in the keys and species accounts can be viewed with the unaided eye or, at most, a small hand lens. The species are grouped according to systematic relationships: salamanders, frogs, turtles, lizards, and snakes. The book is set up so that identification can be achieved either by using the color photographs or “key characters” section included in each species account. The dichotomous keys are the most effective way to identify an animal, but some readers unfamiliar with keys may find the photographs a more user-friendly starting point. Only a handful of the 102 species covered by this guide are distributed statewide. Each species account has three components: text, photograph, and range map.

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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 PA1: Illinois Living Alphabet Poster
$4.00

Author: Jeffords, M

Poster dimensions [approx.]: 22" × 34"

Illinois' Living Alphabet poster has a colorable line art drawing of an Illinois organism for each letter of the alphabet. This poster measures 22" x 34".


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INHS PB1 Poster: Illinois Biodiversity
$3.00

Author: Michael R. Jeffords

Poster dimensions [approx.]: 17" × 22"

The Biodiversity poster measures 17" x 22" and showcases some of the variety of plants and animals that can be found in Illinois, and is very fun to color yourself.


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INHS Poster Pack :contains six posters on woodland wildflowers, animal tracks, fishes, insects, trees, and forests
$4.00

Author: Michael R. Jeffords

Poster dimensions [approx.]: 11" × 17"


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INHS RCS: Reptiles of Illinois - Turtles

$5.00

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. This card set is a companion to the Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois.


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INHS RCS: Reptiles of Illinois - Snakes and Lizards

$5.00

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. This card set is a companion to the Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois.


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INHS EM 03: A Selection of the Common, Unusual, and Rare Plants of Illinois

$5.00

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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$10.00

INHS Manual 15: Field Guide to Crayfishes of the Midwest
$10.00

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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
$10.00

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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