This Field Guide is designed as an introduction to the natural history, habitats, ecosystems, and biodiversity of the 7-county Chicago region of northeastern Illinois. The book includes introductory chapters on the region's geology and topography; habitats and ecosystems; people and land use; environmental philosophy; and conservation and restoration. The major portion of the guide includes species accounts of 555 species in the region including: 189 herbaceous plants; 53 woody plants; 14 spore plants and lichens; 21 fungi; 13 fishes; 24 amphibians and reptiles; 90 birds; 22 mammals; 112 insects; and 17 non-insect invertebrates. The field guide is also useful in many areas of the upper Midwestern United States.
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Paul Zorn Gulezian, PhD, is associate professor of biology and co-coordinator of environmental studies at Oakton Community College. He was born in Chicago and has been enamored with the biodiversity of the Chicago Region since before he could walk, talk, or use binoculars.