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Cover, Geology of Illinois
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Geology of Illinois

Price: $35.00

D. R. Kolata and C. K. Nimz, editors
2010. 530 + xiv pp.

ISBN: 978-0-615-41739-4

Geology of Illinois has been compiled from more than a century of earth science investigations in Illinois. For the first time, this information has been summarized and made accessible in one volume to help both geologists and non-geologists better understand how the state’s mostly unseen geology affects, and is affected by, life on the surface. More than 200 color photographs, maps, and drawings illustrate the text.

Topics include
      • the history of geological investigations in Illinois;
      • the impact of the state’s tectonic and structural history;
      • the properties and classification of its rocks and sediments;
      • the rich heritage of its land, water, and mineral resources;
      • the threats from its geological hazards; and
      • the application of geological information to societal issues.

       Companion map: Bedrock Geology Map

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Photographic History of Coal Mining Practices in Illinois and Coal Industry in Illinois map

A Photographic History of Coal Mining Practices in Illinois and a copy of the Illinois Coal map 2013 make an excellent gift idea for current and past coal mine enthusiasts. This historical publication has gathered, published, and preserved a large collection of historic photographs documenting the processes, equipment, and people integral to the coal mining industry. The statewide map shows active and idle mines, mined areas, major coal-burning power, industrial, and institutional plants; coal-loading docks; tables on mines, coal-burning power, industrial, and institutional plants, coal balance for Illinois in 1995; and generalized stratigraphic column. The map comes folded in a labeled storage envelope. A great package for anyone interested in the coal industry.
richardsons Richardson's Guide to the Fossil Fauna of Mazon Creek
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ISBN 0-925065-21-8

Charles w. Shabica and Andrew A. Hay, editors
1997. 308 pp.

Limited quantities of this comprehensive reference are available while they last. The volume is out of print. The guide is a valuable asset for both professional paleontologists and amateur collectors because the well-preserved fossils from the Mazon Creek area of northeastern Illinois provide the most complete known record of late Paleozoic life. The volume is a systematic account of the area’s diverse animal fossils, especially marine and freshwater fauna. Discussed are the area’s coal mining fossil collecting, the geologic and environmental setting, and fossil distribution. Individual chapters provide detailed information about the fossil groups represented at Mazon Creek.

Canaries in the Catbird Seat cover
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Canaries in the Catbird Seat: The Past, Present, and Future of Biological Resources in a Changing Environment

Editors: Christopher A. Taylor, John B. Taft and Charles E. Warwick
2009, 306 p.

Canaries in the Catbird Seat:The Past, Present, and Future of Biological Resources in a Changing Environment, this publication reflects the role of scientists and biologists who serve as “environmental sensors” through observation and research, much like the historic role of the mineshaft canary in alerting miners to low oxygen levels or poisonous gases. This colloquialism applies to institutions and scientists involved in biological monitoring and research because of the perspective gained by extensive experience across many ecosystems and species groups. The book describes the INHS and its staff, who, since 1858, have had the unique and privileged position of making observations and analyzing data collected throughout Illinois, the Midwest, and beyond. The 150-year time span of their studies is perhaps unparalleled for biological monitoring agencies in the United States. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of INHS, these observations were summarized and recounted to be accessible to citizens interested in our shared natural heritage and in context with the wider scientific community.

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.


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


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.


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


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.

Amphibian, Turtle, Snake Card set
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Amphibian Cards, Reptiles & Snakes, & Turtles

(3 sets) Special package price $10.00!

Authors: Mui, J.M., Dreslik, M.J., Phillips, C.A. 

The Reptiles of Illinois Turtles Card Set contains 16 cards, while the Amphibian and the Snake and Lizard set contain 32 cards each, for a total of 80 cards. The cards are water resistant and contain color photos, range maps, and concise descriptions of the species most likely to be encountered in Illinois.

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The Illinois Breeding Bird Atlas

Authors: Kleen, V.M., L. Cordle, and R.A. Montgomery, 2004, 459 p.

Closeout sale price $9.99

The Illinois Breeding Bird Atlas presents a comprehensive summary of information about birds that currently breed in the state, based primarily on data from the Illinois Breeding Bird Atlas Project and the North American Breeding Bird Survey, as well as the knowledge gained over many years of experience with the state’s avifauna. As the word “atlas” implies, the book includes maps that illustrate the distribution of breeding bird species in Illinois, but it also includes information on their ranges, abundance, habitats, life histories, historical status, and recent population trends.

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Biologists in the Field

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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Stephen Forbes and the Rise of American Ecology

Author: Robert A. Croker, 2001

From the dust jacket: "One of the most prominent scientists of his day, Stephen Forbes (1844-1930) is now recognized as an early champion of the emerging field of ecology. Dedication to public service, he repeatedly demonstrated how ecology and environmental science could not only enlighten citizens but also effect economic change by improving resource use and management." "Croker's book is the best biographical insight I have encountered into how ecology became recognized as a science. It fills an enormous gap in our understanding of the history of ecology and provides an exhaustive, but by no means exhausting, account of the life of the most productive and insightful figure in early American ecology." - Robert P. McIntosh

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