Representatives of 63 natural resources found in Illinois are included in all seven sets of the Illinois’ Natural Resources Trading Cards. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, plants, fungi, fossils and protists are shown, depending on the set number. You will note that while most common names are shown with an associated scientific name, others are not. In some groups it is not always possible to determine the scientific name for a species without careful examination of a specimen. Common practice for species in these groups is to list the order, family or other classification category instead of the scientific name.
The cards are marked to indicate which of the three major habitat types in Illinois each item is most often associated with: aquatic; woodland; or prairie. Use the icon on the card to help you determine the habitat type: butterfly for prairie; pine cone for woodland; water/fish for aquatic.
The back of each card gives information about the classification, Illinois range, size, habitat, food and special features of the pictures species.
Illinois' Natural Resources Trading Cards Sets #4, #6 and #7 are the only sets currently available. The Illinois' Natural Resources Trading Cards Set #7 Poster is also available. Teachers in Illinois schools may request these sets and the poster by written request on school letterhead.
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Springfield, IL 62702
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