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Vanishing habitats, plants and animals

Illinois has an amazing variety of habitats and organisms. More than 90 habitats and 53,000 organisms have been identified. Join us on a tour of five Illinois habitats - forests, wetlands, prairies, rivers and caves. On this expedition, we'll learn how to identify these habitats, their historical importance, locations in the state and where you can find more information about each.
Our tour will include information about a plant or animal common to the five types of habitats. Then we'll learn about an endangered or threatened species from each habitat. Without care, these plants and animals could "vanish" from Illinois.
At the end of your trek through this book you will learn how land managers and biologists manage our natural resources to prevent further loss of habitats, plants and animals.

What is a "habitat"?

The area that a plant or animal lives in is called its habitat. Habitats contain four basic components necessary for plants and animals to survive. Food, water, cover and space must be present and appropriately arranged. If any component is missing or has been altered, the plants or animals will be affected.

Define some terms for me

Reading further in your book you will learn about Illinois plants and animals that are threatened, endangered, extirpated or extinct. But first, what do each of these terms mean?
A threatened species is any species likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future. For example, the timber rattlesnake lives in some woodlands, but its numbers are declining. (continued on next page)


Introduction to Endangered and Threatened Species (page 1 & 1a)
Prairie Species (page 2, 3, 4 & 5)
Wetland Species (page 6, 7, 8 & 9)
River Species (page 10, 11, 12 & 13)
Forest Species (page 14, 15, 16 & 17)
Cave Species (page 18, 19, & 20)
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