Prairie Research Institute Gift Giving Guide

 

Picking out gifts can be difficult, so we've put together this handy selection of books for all of the people on your list. Already have all of these things? You can make a donation in their name to the Prairie Research Institute or any of the 5 Scientific Surveys!

Guide for Beginning Fossil Hunters GES 15: Guide for Beginning Fossil Hunters
$5.00

Second Revised Edition, Geoscience Education Series 15.
Charles Collinson. 2002. 48 pp.

This attractive revision of the continually popular Guide features photographs (including eight pages of stunning, full-color fossil photographs); additional fossil drawings and plates; an updated geologic time chart; and additional references for further readings. A great companion to the Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Illinois and the fossil posters!
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Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Illinois GES16: Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Illinois
$7.00

Geoscience Education Series 16.
Wayne Frankie. 2004. 69 pp.

Rock hounds from amateur to science teacher are sure to be interested in this comprehensive reference on the state’s rocks and minerals. More than 40 color plates display excellent examples of rock types ranging from fluorite (the state mineral) to the world-renowned geodes of western Illinois. The photographs are accompanied by detailed descriptions of both common and very unusual rocks and minerals in Illinois. Useful identification flow charts and keys help the reader identify their specimens. In addition, the guide summarizes the basic geology of Illinois and discusses the physical properties of rocks and minerals, ways to collect and identify samples, and the importance of rocks and minerals to society.
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Capture.GIF GES15 & 16 Combo
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Combo sale: GES16: Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Illinois & GES15: Guide for Beginning Fossil Hunters Purchase both for $10.00


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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 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 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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Cover, Geology of Illinois

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.

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Guide to the Illinois Caverns State Natural Area GES19 Guide to Illinois Caverns State Natural Area
$10.00

Geoscience Education Series 19.
Samuel V. Panno, Sallie E. Greenberg, C. Pius Weibel, and Patricia K. Gillespie.
2004. 106 pp. plus trail map. Full color.

Spelunkers and armchair travelers both will find plenty to interest them in this comprehensive guide. You'll visit the cave feature by feature, and, along the way, you'll learn about the area's unique karst terrain, the plants and animals of the area, and the processes that formed and continue to change the caverns and surrounding area.

Illinois Caverns is currently closed to the public due to the white-nose-syndrome (WNS) that is devastating the bat population across the country. Current and constantly updated Information about WNS may be found at the following sites: wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/research/bat-wns/     www.batconservation.org/about-bats/conservation/white-nose-syndrome


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Richardsons Guide to Mazon Creek Fossils cover 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.


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INHS EM 02: Biologists in the Field

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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 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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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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Illinois' Ice Age Legacy GES 14 Illinois' Ice Age Legacy
$7.00

Second Revised Edition, Geoscience Education Series 14.
Myrna M. Killey
2007. 74 pp.

Text, maps, and photographs have been updated in the 2007 revision of the ISGS classic, Illinois' Ice Age Legacy, Geoscience Education Series 14, by Myrna M. Killey. The 74-page book serves as an excellent introduction to the legacy of the glaciers that advanced and retreated across most of Illinois within the past 1.8 million years. During that time, the glaciers endowed the state with deposits that today provide a wealth of natural resources: fertile soils, water, sand and gravel, natural gas, and peat. The book describes the glacial processes and events of the Great Ice Age and details the kinds of evidence geologists study to learn about the glaciers and their deposits. Understanding the nature and extent of these deposits is essential to addressing societal issues related to land use, water quality, mineral resources, and geologic hazards. Illinois' Ice Age Legacy is the initial volume of a published trilogy that includes two companion publications, Illinois Groundwater: A Vital Geologic Resource and Land-Use Decisions and Geology: Getting Past AOut of Sight, Out of Mind. The latter two books illustrate how geologic information about the glacial deposits can improve societal decisions related to groundwater and land use.
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INHS Manual 15: Field Guide to Crayfishes of the Midwest
$10.00

Limited quantities available

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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INHS Manual 10: Field Guide to Silkmoths of Illinois

Authors: J. Bouseman and J. Sternburg
2002, 97 p.

In this book we treat the often spectacularly large and beautiful moths known as the imperial moths or silkmoths. Both the adults and larvae of those insects have long attracted the attention of naturalists, scientists, artists, schoolchildren, and people in general. This comprehensive treatment provides accounts of 19 species. Each account contains a concise discussion of the distinguishing characteristics and natural history of each species, all illustrated by more than 175 stunning color photographs and distribution maps.

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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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Field Guide to the Skipper Butterflies of Illinois
$20.00

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INHS Manual 11: Field Guide to The Skipper Butterflies of Illinois

Authors: J.K. Bouseman, J.G. Sternburg, and J.R. Wiker
2006, 200 p.

The main purpose of this field guide is to enable the user to identify, to species, any skipper found within the borders of the state of Illinois. The authors also hope that the abundant references will encourage readers to sample more of the opportunities available to learn about skippers, and related topics.

The skippers, classified in the superfamily Hesperioidea, and the “true butterflies” of the superfamily Papilionoidea are clearly related. There are significant differences in the anatomical characteristics – in the skippers’ large head and hooked antennae, in their wing venation, and in their stout bodies with relatively short wings. The book is filled with color photos in the species accounts to aid in identification. This guide was a natural next step after our publication of Field Guide to Butterflies of Illinois and Field Guide to Silkmoths of Illinois.

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INHS Manual 13: Field Guide to the Sphinx Moths of Illinois
$20.00

Authors: R. Wiker, James G. Sternburg and John K. Bouseman
2010, 155 p.

Most of us, whether aware of it or not, have had an encounter with a Sphinx Moth. Whether fighting their caterpillars in gardens as they devour the foliage of our tomato plants and grape vines, marveling at their ability to fly like a Hummingbird in all directions as they sip nectar from the flowers along our walkways, or just being amazed at the often beautiful colors and intricate geometric shaped wings of one that landed near a porch light overnight, these beautiful insects are always around us, waiting to be discovered and appreciated This guide treats all species known to have been found and those likely to be found in Illinois and surrounding states. Anatomical drawings, colorful sketches, and abundant color photographs illustrate sphinx moth anatomy, pupation, and species characteristics. As with any facet of science, there is always more work to be done. During the writing of this book, we succeeded in documenting a large breeding population of the Cypress Sphinx in Illinois. No doubt, at some point in the future, one or both Pine Sphinx species will be found as well.

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

$10.00

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

$10.00

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 EM 01 E2: A Selection of the Common, Unusual, and Rare Insects of Illinois - 2nd edition

$3.00

Authors: Michael R. Jeffords, James G. Sternburg, and Susan L. Post
2013, 22 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. This second edition includes a table of contents and updated format with some new photos.

 


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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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Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles
$15.00
INHS Manual 06: Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)

Author: Douglas Yanega
1996, 184 pp.

The Cerambycidae, or longhorned beetles, are one of the larger insect families, with some 20,000 described species (and thousands more undescribed) worldwide, from all continents except Antarctica. The large size and variety of coloration and sculpture of longhorned beetles make them a relatively easy group of insects to identify, especially considering the number of species (some 1,100 species estimated in North America excluding Mexico); this guide attempts to exploit this. This guide includes over 600 color images, covering 342 of the 344 species and subspecies of longhorned beetles that have been definitively recorded in northeastern North America, along with diagnostic features to enable recognition of all these species, as well as data on distribution, phenology, and larval feeding habits.

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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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