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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

 

1 week ago

INHS PACE Lab
Last week's #WhatIsItWednesday was bat guano beneath a bat house.Illinois bats eat a lot of insects and produce a lot of guano. Guano can be used as fertilizer and the microbes in it can help in bioremediation, breaking down soil toxins and aerating the soil.Bat guano, which contains high levels of potassium nitrate, was used to form gunpowder when other sources were sparse.As beneficial as it can be in the soil, it is not something you want deposited in your home. Fungus growing on guano (and other animal scat) can lead to histoplasomosis. Check out our website for more on bats and our bat research projectsubap.inhs.illinois.edu/research/mammals/bats/#Guano #bats #wildlife ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

INHS PACE Lab
It's #NationalEspressoDay and, no, this is not espresso, though it resembles spent espresso. Do you know what it actually is?#WhatIsItWednesday ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

INHS PACE Lab
Come join our group! In addition to the Terrestrial Ecologist position we posted last week, we are also seeking an Aquatic Ecologist to conduct basic and applied research assisting with ongoing surveys for aquatic amphibians and reptiles, freshwater mollusks, and fishes. This position will be based in Champaign, Illinois. See more information or apply: illinois.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/2206?c=illinois#ichthyology #herpetology #malacology #jobs #fieldwork #amphibian #reptile #mussels #fish #research #AquaticEcology ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

INHS PACE Lab
Come join our group! The PACE Lab is seeking a Terrestrial Ecologist to conduct basic and applied research assisting with ongoing surveys for terrestrial reptiles, bats, and noctuid moths. This position will be based in Champaign, Illinois.More information and application at:illinois.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/1920?c=illinois# ... See MoreSee Less
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