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  • Saving our natural heritage, one stopper at a time

    Melting rubber stoppers threaten millions of insect and arthropod specimens in the Illinois Natural History Survey collection.

    Melting rubber stoppers threaten millions of insect and arthropod specimens in the Illinois Natural History Survey collection. With funding from the National Science Foundation, scientists, staff, students and volunteers are stepping up to save them.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes:

    The INHS is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.

    To donate to support and preserve the INHS Insect Collection, go to the Prairie Research Institute Gifts Page and select “Give to Collections” and write “INSECT COLLECTION” in the “Additional Instructions” box. To donate your time, email McElrath.

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