The Illinois Natural History Survey Publications Office offers specials
Authors: Hanson, H.C., and R.L. Jones
Foreword (abbreviated): The words ecology, ecosystems,
renewable resources, and pollution loom large
in our vocabulary and concerns today. The studies described
in the book encompass these concerns as the authors trace
an array of twelve elements -principally minerals- from
their geographical sources to incorporation in the keratin
of the primary feathers of goose wings. Doctors Hanson and
Jones determined that the quantitative pattern of minerals
found in feather keratin can be employed usefully in
determining the birthplaces of wild geese and, in their
subsequent years of life, their molting or breeding areas,
or both. This is possible because each nesting area appears
to be unique with respect to its local geology or to the
input of minerals it has received over thousands of years
from adjacent areas from wind deposits, the action of
glaciers, rivers, and streams, its contact with the oceans,
or a combination of these factors. Thus, the patterns of
minerals incorporated into the feathers reflect in varying
degrees the nutrient chain that can be traced back through
the plants to the soils and, ultimately, to their rock
Authors: Sanderson, G.C., and F.C. Bellrose
Abstract (abbreviated): Waterfowl die from ingesting lead
shotgun pellets deposited in the bottoms of lakes and
marshes and in fields. In most instances, they die after
ingesting 1 or 2 pellets, their bodies wasting away over a
period of several weeks, losing from 30 to 50 percent of
normal weight. No other disease produces such a consistent
chronic weight loss. Less frequently, a large number of
shot are ingested, an acute form of lead poisoning results,
and the bird dies in good weight. More definitive diagnoses
of lead toxicosis have been made from levels of lead in
wing bones, in blood, and in the liver and other organs.
INHS SP 09: Legacy of a Pest: A Science, Technology, and Society Curriculum Guide for Understanding and Dealing with Biological Problems
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Authors: Laurie J. Case, Janet L. Wissmann and Michael R. Jeffords Illustrated by John P. Sherrod and Janet L. Wissmann 1988, 243 p. ("Life Cycle of the Gypsy Moth" poster also included)
Provides teaching materials for science teachers to use to foster an understanding of all aspects of insect control. The 50+ activities included provide science teachers with an exceptional resource to use in teaching the relationships between science, technology, and society. Some topics include: Food Webs, Insect Awareness, Biogeography, Taxonomy, Insect Development and Control of Insects. These activities were written for grades 5-10, but some might be adaptable to other age groups.
Authors: Risser, P.G., J.R. Karr, and R.T.T.
This publication highlights a seminal workshop on landscape
ecology, which focuses on spatially heterogeneous
geographic areas. Such areas can include pine barrens,
regions of row crop agriculture, Mediterranean woodlands,
and areas of urban and suburban elements, including human
actions as responses to, and their reciprocal influences
on, ecological processes. Principles of landscape ecology
presented in this publication provide theoretical and
empirical foundations for a variety of disciplines such as
regional planning, landscape architecture, and natural
Authors: Burton, P.J., K.R. Robertson, and A. Dennis
Introduction (abbreviated): Illinois is fortunate to have a
large number of biologists associated with its
universities, colleges, museums, botanical and zoological
gardens, private companies, and government agencies. This
directory provides a centralized list of the systematists,
ecologists, and field biologists who live or conduct
research in Illinois. While a number of professional
societies have membership lists, there has been no single
source that gives the addresses, phone numbers, and areas
of expertise for this group in the state.
Authors: Suloway, L. and M. Hubbell
1994, 88 p.
Recognition of the functions and values of wetlands have
spawned efforts to stop or reverse wetland loss.
Management of wetland resources requires a knowledge of the
location, extent, and character of our remaining wetlands.
The Illinois Wetlands Inventory (IWI) is an enhanced
version of the USFWS National Wetlands Inventory of the
1980s, which located and classified all surface water in
the nation. This publication is intended to serve as a
reference for resource planners, managers, environmental
scientists, policy makers, and other interested in wetland
resources in Illinois. It provides valuable baseline data
for future analyses.
Authors: Heske, E.J., J.R. Herkert, K.D. Blodgett,
A.M. Lemke, Eds.
2007, 44 p.
Preface: Healthy, self-sustaining river systems provide
important ecological and societal goods and services upon
which human life depends (Postel and Richter 2003). Concern
over sustaining these services has stimulated major
restoration efforts, and river and stream restoration has
now become a world-wild phenomenon (Palmer et al. 2005).
Despite the increased emphasis placed on river restoration,
few projects are ever evaluated to assess their performance
(Alexander and Allan 2006). There is a clear need to
undertake meaningful monitoring of river restoration
projects, not only to provide information on the
effectiveness of the restorations themselves in ecological
terms, but also to provide much needed data to help
establish further the science of restoration (Giller 2005).
Ecological success in a restoration project cannot be
assessed in the absence of clear project objectives from
the start and subsequent evaluation of their achievement
(Dahm et al. 1995). The goal of the Spunky Bottoms
restoration project is “to restore native plant and animal
communities that were characteristic of the Illinois River
floodplain and to reconnect the river to the floodplain to
allow movement of aquatic organisms” (Blodgett et al., this
volume). The research presented in this volume provides an
overview of the baseline data that were collected at The
Conservancy’s Spunky Bottoms restoration project between
1998-2003. These data are intended to form the foundation
of our efforts to evaluate progress toward our restoration
Part 1 of these proceedings, provides an introduction to
the restoration project at Spunky Bottoms. It begins with a
paper by K. Douglas Blodgett et al. that describes the
background and initial goals and restoration plans for The
Nature Conservancy’s floodplain restoration project at
Spunky Botts. The introduction section also includes a
paper by Edwin R. Hajic that explores the
interrelationships among Illinois River Valley wetlands,
adjacent landforms, and the geomorphic processes that
shaped these areas. Part 2 provides initial data from
research on the aquatic systems of the site. This section
includes papers that summarize research on the initial
microbial communities (Tim Kelly), nitrogen and bacterial
dynamics (Michael J. Lemke et al.), insect emergence
patterns (A. Maria Lemke et al.), composition of the
dragonfly and damselfly (Odonate) temporal patterns (Robert
Novak), and development of the fish at the site are
presented in Part 3, beginning with a study by Deborah Beal
that provides some data on early changes in wetland plant
species composition at the site. William Sluis then
evaluates transplant survival of cordgrass and lake sedge.
Four papers on vertebrates conclude the terrestrial systems
section including preliminary surveys of reptiles and
amphibians (John K. Tucker and Chris Phillips), small
mammals (Edward J. Heske et al.), wetland birds (Tharran
Hobson et al.), and waterfowl populations (Michelle M.
Horath and Stephen P. Havera) at the site.
As the restoration of Spunky Bottoms continues, we will
continue to monitor and evaluate progress towards our goal
of restoring a dynamic and diverse floodplain community at
the site in the hopes that the lessons learned at Spunky
Bottoms can inform other large river restoration projects
around the workl."
James R. Herkert, Director of Science
The Nature Conservancy of Illinois
1 February 2007
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Authors: Admiraal, A.N., M.J. Morris, T.C. Brooks,
J.W. Olson, and M.W. Miller
1997, 188 p. Three-hole punched and shrink wrapped (binder not included)
This guide is intended to improve the quality and success
of restored and created wetlands. It emphasizes the overall
restoration and creation processes and presents information
that serves as the basis for making decisions for
completing each stage of a wetland project. Our guidebook
was written primarily for wetland managers in Illinois, and
therefore, is somewhat technical in nature. Users who will
benefit most from this guide are those who have a
background in botany, biology, hydrology, pedology, civil
engineering, or landscape architecture. The most successful
restoration and creation efforts will be accomplished by
interdisciplinary teams that include specialists in these
Authors: Godfrey, G.L., E.D. Cashatt, and M.O.
This paper reports the faunal, phonological, and host plant
data associated with a collection of about 30,000
microlepidoptera representing 954 species. Collected by the
late Murray O. Glenn between 1927 and 1976 in Marshall and
Putnam counties, Illinois, and donated to the Illinois
Natural History Survey in 1977, this collection may
represent the most complete and significant assemblage of
midwestern microlepidoptera in existence(Godfrey 1978). It
is rivaled perhaps only by that of the late Annette F.
Braun, Cincinnati, Ohio, a collection that now resides in
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania (R.W. Hodges, pers. comm.), except for a
synoptic set of specimens given to the University of
Louisville (C.V. Covell, Jr., pers. comm.). A substantial
amount of Glenn material is also preserved in the United
States National Museum of Natural History at the
Smithsonian Institution. Glenn's persistent collecting
activities, coupled with his careful labeling and
preparation techniques, resulted in valuable data that have
application to current and future ecological and systematic
research and to inventorying natural resources of Illinois.
This information, therefore, is made available here to aid
investigators in these and related disciplines.
Authors: Levin, G.A., L. Suloway, A.E. Plocher,
F.R. Hutto, J.J. Miner, C.A. Phillips, J. Agarwal, and Y.
2002, 16 p.
Executive Summary (abbreviated): More than half of the
wetlands in the conterminous United States have been
destroyed, and Illinois has lost about 90% of its wetlands.
In a effort to slow further loss, wetlands were protected
under the federal Clean Water Act. However, the 2001 United
States Supreme Court decision in Solid Waste Agency of
Northern Cook County v. United States Army Corps of
Engineers ruled that federal protection under the Clean
Water Act does not extend to “non-navigable, isolated,
intrastate” wetlands. This action has left a large but
undetermined number of isolated wetlands without this
protection. This report summarizes the functions of
isolated wetlands and estimates the number and extent of
isolated wetlands in Illinois.
Authors: Karr, J.R., K.D. Fausch, P.L. Angermeier,
P.R. Yant, and I.J. Schlosser
The identification and treatment of chemical degradation by
most existing water treatment programs has been dominated
by engineering technology. The lack of tools for direct
biological assessments of water resources has minimized
participation of aquatic biologists. A major purpose of
this publication is to provide a methodology for biologists
to assume roles in monitoring, evaluating, and managing
water resources. The method proposed herein provides a
conceptual framework for biological monitoring, and it
describes a useful tool to accomplish this goal-the Index
of Biotic Integrity (IBI). The strength of the IBI is its
ability to integrate information from individual,
population, community, zoogeographic, and ecosystem levels
into a single ecologically based index of the quality of a
Authors: Voegtlin, D.J. and C.A. Bridges
Introduction (abbreviated): Entomologists engaged in
taxonomic research require an in-depth knowledge of the
literature on the group in question. The ever increasing
volume of papers, coupled with the need to know the
historical literature on which the taxonomy is based,
presents a major hurdle. For many groups of insects this
problem has been addressed, in part through the compilation
of detailed catalogs. This is not the case for aphids, and
there are no catalogs to the extensive taxonomic literature
on this important group. The information in this catalog is
presented in three sections. The first lists the species
along with extensive annotations; the second contains over
200 references related to those species; and the third
records the hosts of Cinara for which
documentation can be provided.
Authors: Iverson, L.R., R.L. Oliver, D.P. Tucker,
P.G. Risser, C.D. Burnett, and R.G. Rayburn
1989, 181 p.
COMES WITH MAP; Forest Cover in Illinois 1820-1980 (Approximate size - 40"w × 52"h)
Introduction (abbreviated): The Illinois Council on
Forestry Development, formerly the Illinois Commission on
Forestry Development, was created by the Forestry
Development Act of 1983. Although the Act included a number
of specific charges, its general objective was to provide
for an evaluation of the forest resources and forest
industry of Illinois. Of particular importance to the
Forest Resource Analysis Committee of the Council was its
mandate to "determine the magnitude, nature, and extent of
the State's forestry resources." This book summarizes the
Committee's evaluation of the forest resources of Illinois.
INHS SP 18: Pests Have Enemies Too, Teaching Young Scientists About Biological Control $5.00
Authors: Michael R. Jeffords and Audrey S. Hodgins 1995, 64p ("Natural Enemies" poster also included)
The background material for teachers and the student activities that make up this publication were designed to help young scientists become aware of what biological control is and how it can be used to help manage various types of pest organisms that plague humanity. Pests Have Enemies Too is not a curriculum; rather, it is a sequence of activities designed to give students a broad overview of biological control. The concepts presented in these materials are based on sound scientific research and should provide students with the necessary information about this very important topic so that they may make informed decisions about pest control and pest management in the future. Activities are designed for grades 5-10.
Authors: Charlebois, P.M., J.E. Marsden, R.G.
Goettel, R.K. Wolfe, D.J. Jude, and S. Rudnika
1997, 76 p.
This document provides the scientific community with basic
biological information on the round goby, which entered
North America in 1990. We reviewed the available European
and North American literature and compiled a comprehensive
bibliography of round goby references including abstracts
and annotations. We have also included a listing of
examples of outreach materials available on the round goby.
This document was inspired by the Round Goby Conference
held in Chicago in 1996. Many of the data presented at the
conference were preliminary, and therefore were not
incorporated into this text. However, we have included the
conference abstracts as an appendix. Summaries of
conference discussions on research and outreach are also
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Authors: Plocher, A. and J. Matthews
2004, 22 p.
The wetland assessment procedure in this publication
describes eight general wetland attributes that can be used
to evaluate the functional success of constructed wetlands.
Six of these (wetland status, functional problems, realism,
floristic quality, size, and landscape setting) should be
assessed at every constructed wetland. The two remaining
attributes (wetland type and water quality improvement) can
be used in situations where the wetland is expected to
fulfill specific requirements.
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