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The objective of the Urban Biotic Assessment Program (UBAP) is to provide the Illinois Tollway with the ecological expertise needed to effectively and efficiently comply with state and federal environmental regulations, while also preserving habitats and species native to the Chicago Metropolitan Area.

Emydoidea blandingii – Blanding’s Turtle

INHS began its partnership with the Tollway in 2005, monitoring the endangered Blanding’s Turtle populations affected by the construction of the I355 extension.

This partnership has expanded and enables UBAP researchers to study the habitats and species of the Chicagoland area, and the challenges they face. Learn more about our research.

Download our report of activities from 2015-2020

 

2 days ago

INHS PACE Lab
Field work is just zipping along over here in the PACELab! Enjoy these pictures from fieldwork over the past week#conservation #research #reptiles #dragonflies #snakes #turtles #birds #frogs ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

INHS PACE Lab
Our #WhatIsItWednesday didn't fool our followers!The Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) is often mistaken for the Monarch (Danaus plexippus). The Monarch is larger than the Viceroy, but the best way to tell them apart is to look for the bar across the hindwing of the Viceroy. It is visible on the upper and undersides of the wing, so even if wings are folded, you should be able to see it on the Viceroy. It used to be taught that Viceroy mimics the Monarch for protection, but it has been found that both species actually produce toxin. Viceroy caterpillars feed on willows, taking in salicylic acid resulting in its bitter taste. They overwinter in the caterpillar stage, wrapped in a leaf, another difference from the long distance migrant Monarch. #biodiversity #insects #insect #insectsofinstagram #bugs #entomology #butterfly #butterflies #butterfliesofinstagram #lepidoptera #NationalPollinatorWeek ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

INHS PACE Lab
It's Pollinator Week, so let's stick with some pollinators for #WhatIsItWednesday ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

INHS PACE Lab
It's another hot day in the field! Our herpetologists are out conducting surveys along the Des Plaines River Carp Barrier. Gates are open to allow terrestrial passage, but turtles can still be found along the barricades. Learn more about our work along the Carp Barrier and things we've found wanting to cross:ubap.inhs.illinois.edu/research/reptiles-and-amphibians/carp-barrier/#wildlife #nature #reptile #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #reptilelover ##herpetology #turtles ##turtlesofinstagram ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

INHS PACE Lab
This week's #WhatIsItWednesday was a monarch butterfly egg on the underside of a common milkweed leaf. A female monarch attaches single eggs over the course of a couple of weeks. The eggs are deposited across the landscape to allow those very hungry caterpillars enough food to grow from this tiny egg to full grown caterpillar ready for metamorphosis. ... See MoreSee Less
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