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Research Assistance

The links below provide further information about identifying local species,  eradicating invasive species, living with wildlife and other natural resource topics.

Identification and Natural History

All About Birds »
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s online guide to North American birds, bird songs, birding basics and more.

Animal Diversity Web »
An online database and encyclopedia of animal natural history, built through contributions from students and photographers.

Calling Frog Survey »
Chicago Wilderness’ Habitat Project coordinates various monitoring efforts, including amphibian populations of the region. Learn more about Chicago region frogs and their songs.

Go Botany »
Simple identification key to thousands of New England plants. Many of the species have ranges that extend to include Lake County, Illinois.

Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network »
Engages citizen scientists in the process of collecting quantitative data on butterfly populations. Find common butterfly photo galleries and learn how join the effort.

Illinois Wildflowers »
Detailed identification information, habitat type, faunal associations and range maps of wildflowers found in Illinois.

LCFP Mobile App (iPhone) »
LCFP Mobile App (Android) »
Stay up-to-the-minute with what's happening in your forest preserves on your smartphone. Available for free in the Android Market or Apple App Store. Search for "Lake County Forest Preserves."

Leaf Snap »
An electronic field guide being developed by Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution. Currently includes trees of the northeastern United States.

Odonata Information Network »
Images, maps and sightings of North American dragonflies and damselflies. Allows you to search species lists by state.

Rapid Color Guides »
Field guides created by the Field Museum fill a gap in the published material available to identify live species. Search the inventory of Chicago region field guides, including asters, butterflies, dragonflies, spring flora and more.

Invasive Species

Asian Carp »
A site established to coordinate the control and management of Asian carps in the United States.

Emerald Ash Borer »
Part of a multinational effort in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada to provide the latest information about emerald ash borer.

Emerald Ash Borer, Illinois Department of Agriculture »
Current quarantine restrictions, firewood regulations and community plans within Illinois.

Emerald Ash Borer, United States Department of Agriculture »
“Stop the Beetle” campaign provides information on signs, symptoms and identification of the emerald ash borer.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant »
Research, education and outreach about aquaculture, aquatic invasive species and health of the Great Lakes, empowering Lake Michigan communities to secure a healthy environment and economy.

Midwest Invasive Plant Network »
We are partners in this diverse group with a mission to reduce the impact of invasive plant species in the Midwest. Learn more about identification, prevention, and control of invasive species, as well as native alternatives for invasive ornamental plants.

New Invaders Watch Program »
We are partners in this early detection and rapid response network of organizations dedicated to controlling new invasive species. Learn more about identification of species and how to report new invaders.

Northeastern Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership (NIIPP) »
More than 500 species of plants have been introduced into the Chicago region in the past 200 years. Species that become invasive create a lot of trouble.In 2010, Chicago Wilderness members launched this partnership to coordinate efforts to manage invasive plants species across the region.

Plant Heroes »
The materials on this site are free and great for any community group seeking educational tools and resources for youth and how they can combat invasive plant species.

Ticks, Lake County Health Department »
The Health Department offers visual identification tips, a fact sheet on tick prevention and a brief video on how to avoid ticks and what to do if you find a tick on yourself or your pet.

West Nile Virus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention »
West Nile virus statistics, maps, prevention and other frequently asked questions.

West Nile Virus, Illinois Department of Public Health »
Prevention and control of West Nile virus through the use of insect repellents.

Landscaping with Native Plants

Conservation@Home »
Conserve Lake County makes it easy for landowners to save time and money on landscaping, while creating a healthy and peaceful sanctuary in your own backyard.

Create a Certified Backyard Habitat »
By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat® with the National Wildlife Federation.

Morton Arboretum Community Trees Program »
Helps communities, public and private landowners, land managers, tree professionals, and groups interested in trees effectively manage and care for our urban and community forests.

Living with Wildlife

Living with Wildlife in Illinois »
University of Illinois Extension provides extensive information on identifying animals that are causing a problem, seasonal behaviors, directory of Illinois wildlife, and more.

Rabies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention »
Information regarding this viral disease that affects mammals.

Wildlife Management and Monitoring

Feral Cats »
Chicago Wilderness position statement on feral and unattended domestic cats outdoors.

Kitty Cams »
National Geographic and University of Georgia collaborated on this research project, investigating the activities of urban free-roaming cats with goals for wildlife conservation and improving the health and well-being of pet cats.

Urban Coyote Ecology and Management »
The Cook County, Illinois Coyote Project is a comprehensive study of coyotes in the Chicago metropolitan areas.


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