Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS)


The mission of the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) is to investigate and document the biological resources of Illinois and other areas, and to acquire and provide natural history information that can be used to promote the common understanding, conservation, and management of these resources.

INHS is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  • Schrage, Alma (2021)
    I spend most of my summers in the field surveying for the federally endangered rusty-patched bumble bee (shown above, center) along with other bumble bee species in prairie restorations across the Chicago region for the ...


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  • Illinois Natural History Survey (2001)


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  • Havera, Stephen P.; Roat, Katie E. (Illinois Natural History Survey, 2003)
    From the Forward by Lorin I. Nevling: "Since its establishment in 1894, the Havana research site of the Illinois Natural History Survey has been identified by a confusing array of names. It is fitting, therefore, that at ...


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  • Tiemann, Jeremy; Hartman, Jordan; Sherwood, Josh; Willink, Philip; Larson, Eric (Illinois Natural History Survey, 2021-03-19)
    Recent investigations into the rapid expansion of Banded Killifish (Fundulus diaphanus) in Illinois has brought to light significant conservation implications. Previous data suggested that Illinois should be inhabited by ...


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  • Williams, Brent D.; Campbell, Linda K.; Miller, Craig A.; Stephens, Lauren J. (Illinois Natural History Survey, 2020-11-10)
    We sampled 1,200 of 2020 resident Illinois trapping license purchasers from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources licensing database. Licensees were mailed an 8-page questionnaire, and we received 745 (63%) ...


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