On December 20, 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 3 as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. It also provides an amazing opportunity to learn more about our local wildlife and their conservation.
We’ll be focusing on wildlife all week long, and we’re kicking off the celebration today by revisiting an interview we did with world-renowned wildlife photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen. Click the thumbnail above to hear about his experiences with wildlife and more.
Instead of looking at species found around the world, we’re now going to focus on species you might find throughout the state of Illinois. Click here to learn more about our state symbols and species. Some of them might surprise you!
Now, let’s go hyperlocal! North Pond is a bustling habitat that’s teaming with turtles, birds, fish, and even a few beavers! If you’re out on a stroll, you might notice some notable visitors to this area – the black-crowned night heron and the green heron. Both these herons are signals that the habitat they’re spotted in is healthy and vibrant. Click here to learn more about these beautiful birds.