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  • Finding one elusive bird

    Photo of a wooden boardwalk (with wooden rails) cutting through tall vegetation on either side. The sun rises to the right, casting long shadows on the boardwalk, which doglegs to the left a bit.

    Illinois Natural History Survey assistant ornithologist Anastasia Rahlin conducted field surveys in Volo Bog State Natural Area, Illinois’ only open-water quaking bog. Her efforts paid off this summer with the discovery of a king rail, a state-endangered water bird that blends in well with its surroundings.

    Photo by Anastasia Rahlin


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  • Editor’s notes:

    Rahlin is an assistant ornithologist and urban biotic assessment program manager at the Illinois Natural History Survey, working under the direction of INHS population ecologist Michael Dreslik, who also is an affiliate professor of natural resources and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Rahlin also is a graduate student in Dreslik’s Population and Community Ecology Lab in NRES. The coronavirus pandemic interrupted Rahlin’s fieldwork in 2020. She looks forward to returning to the field next spring.

    The INHS is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the U. of I.

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