Naturalists Afield

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Enjoy this collection of natural history stories, images, and videos captured by Illinois Natural History Survey scientists while visiting natural areas around the state.

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  • White lady’s-slipper orchid

  • Zooplankton

  • Eastern musk turtle

    Learn about the eastern musk turtle, a small turtle native to much of eastern North America.

  • Tadpole madtom

  • Redspotted sunfish

  • Smallmouth buffalo

  • Freshwater drum

  • Watersnakes

  • Red swamp crayfish

  • Spiny softshell turtle

  • Shorthead redhorse

  • Bloodroot